Amnesty supporters and detractors alike have long expected Barack Obama to announce unilateral action regarding immigration shortly after the Nov. 4 midterm elections. According to a Reuters report Wednesday, that announcement will come Friday during a stop in Las Vegas.
Early reports are based on a Las Vegas Review-Journal report confirming Obama has scheduled a stop in the city this week and a subsequent CNBC claim that he will share details of an executive order during the trip. While there are few confirmed details regarding the contents of his anticipated immigration plan, Reuters cited a source who advised the action will defer deportation of the illegal parents of legal American citizens.
Activist Dawn Le of the Alliance for Citizenship sent an email out to her contacts this week calling for the formation of “watch parties” Thursday evening and Friday in anticipation of a “celebratory” announcement regarding amnesty. BuzzFeed reported that labor union representative Jeff Hauser passed the correspondence along to several news organizations – apparently by accident.
Amnesty advocates planning Thursday night watch parties for Obama’s unlawful announcement. http://t.co/THWxp9QHN8
— Heritage Action (@Heritage_Action) November 19, 2014
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The email, which was obviously sent to rally pro-amnesty activists, arrived in the inboxes of reporters from major outlets, including the New York Times and USA Today, before Hauser followed up with a second email asking the recipients to “please ignore” his previous message.
Obama will also likely allow immigrants currently in the U.S. illegally to remain in this country and could announce new border security measures. Reports suggest the only deportation efforts Obama is interested in pursuing involve illegals convicted of serious crimes.