One option under consideration would remove the upper age limit so applicants don’t have to be under 31. Obama’s steps, however, would not include the parents of those young immigrants ? a move many advocates had vigorously encouraged him to take. He also was not including special protections for farm workers sought by (visit site) the United Farm Workers, though the provisions in his plan would allow up to 250,000 farm workers to be eligible for work permits, according to Giev Kashkooli, the UFW’s national political legislative director. As far-reaching as Obama’s steps would be, they fall far short of what a comprehensive immigration overhaul passed by the Senate last year would have accomplished.
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Passing a more moderate immigration bill in the next Congress allowing for more visas for certain skilled workers and beefing up border security would show that the GOP is effective at governing and may boost the party ahead of the 2016 election, Valliere added. Passing a comprehensive immigration reform bill through Congress has eluded the last two presidents. And an executive order can dash any hopes for compromise in the new Congress. Michael Steel, Boehner’s press secretary, said, “If ‘Emperor Obama’ ignores the American people and announces an amnesty plan that he himself has said over and over again exceeds his constitutional authority, he will cement his legacy of lawlessness and ruin the chances for congressional action on this issue and many others. In June 2012, Obama issued an executive order allowing some young illegal immigrants who arrived as children to delay deportation proceedings and apply for work authorization. Extending that order by two years won’t confer lawful status on illegal immigrants but will offer another reprieve from deportation.
Obama to address nation on plan to overhaul immigration system – LA Times
In a minute-long video on Facebook, Obama said he will address the nation Thursday about actions he can take himself “even as I continue to work with Congress” to come up with a legislative solution to the problems with the current immigration system. Caption Helicopter search Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times The Border Patrol searches a sugar cane field outside McAllen, Texas, for people crossing into the U.S. illegally from Mexico. The Supreme Court has said the executive branch can decide whom to deport. The Border Patrol searches a sugar cane field outside McAllen, Texas, for people crossing into the U.S. illegally from Mexico.
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“We would not oppose moving forward with additional sanctions,” he said. In July, Washington barred a group of Venezuelan officials, including government ministers and presidential advisers, from the United States after accusing them of abuses in the crackdown on protests against President Nicolas Maduro this spring. But the State Department did not say who would be denied entry and said the measures did not amount to sanctions against Venezuela. Pointing to those measures, Blinken told the senators: “We would look forward to working with you to go further.” In Venezuela’s worst unrest in a decade, 43 people were killed and several thousand were arrested in months of demonstrations spearheaded by hard-line opposition and student leaders at the start of this year. Maduro has condemned talk of sanctions from Washington.
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He also was not including special protections for farm workers sought by the United Farm Workers, though the provisions in his plan would allow up to 250,000 farm workers to be eligible for work permits, according to Giev Kashkooli, the UFW’s national political legislative director. As far-reaching as Obama’s steps would be, they fall far short of what a comprehensive immigration overhaul passed by the Senate last year would have accomplished. The House never voted on that legislation. It would have set tougher border security standards, increased caps for visas for foreign high-skilled workers and allowed the 11 million immigrants illegally in the country to obtain work permits and begin a 10-year path toward a green card and, ultimately, citizenship. “This is not the way we want to proceed. It will not solve the problem permanently,” White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri said Thursday on MSNBC.
Obama to act unilaterally on immigration, irking Republicans – Yahoo News
There is also expected to be a border security element and Obama will act to help companies hire and retain high-skilled workers from abroad, the sources said. Obama’s move is his most defiant step yet in reaction to the elections handing control of the Senate to Republicans. The new political order in Washington will test Obama’s ability to make compromises with his opponents. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found 48 percent would prefer Obama not act on his own, while 38 percent support it and 14 percent had no opinion or were unsure. The last major immigration overhaul that expanded the number of legal migrants was in 1986 through legislation signed by Republican President Ronald Reagan.