Obama announced his long-awaited immigration reform via executive order and the things that order actually does bears almost no resemblance to the right-wing talking points that Republicans have been using. This will not, of course, prevent them from continuing to spew them.
In a prime-time address to the nation Thursday, Obama will lay out changes he is making to immigration laws without the consent of Congress. A key element of his plan is to instruct immigration authorities to prioritize expulsion action against gang members, felons and suspected terrorists rather than law abiding undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and residents and others, senior administration officials said.
The changes will offer those who qualify the chance to stay temporarily in the country for three years, as long as they pass background checks and pay back taxes. But they will not be offered a path to eventual citizenship or be eligible for federal benefits or health care programs. And, in theory, the measures could be reversed by a future president.
Obama will also remove the upper age limit of 30 years old from a program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Dreamers that allows those brought illegally to the country as children to stay, offering relief to thousands more people.
The program will cover anyone who arrived in the country before 2010 and will extend a previous two-year guarantee of relief to three years.
This, by the way, is virtually identical to what Reagan did when he was in office. Impeach St. Ronald the Magnificent! Dig him up and hang him for treason!