President Barack Obama plans to announce a 10-point immigration plan that he will implement through executive action as early as next week, Fox News reported Wednesday, citing a source close to the White House.
According to Fox News, Obama's plans were contained in a draft proposal from an unidentified U.S. government agency and could be announced as soon as November 21.
The plan includes 10 different initiatives that range from boosting border security to improving the pay for immigration officers to suspending deportation for millions, Fox News reported.
According to Fox News, the latter would be implemented by expanding "deferred action," which currently applies to young people who were brought to the U.S. as young children, to the parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. Doing so could allow approximately 4.5 million individuals who entered the country illegally to stay, Fox News reported.
Another measure included in Obama's plan would be to specifically target those who have committed serious crimes for deportation, according to Fox News.
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The announcement of the plan would come as congressional Republicans warn Obama not to take action on immigration through executive action.
“When you play with matches, you take the risk of burning yourself,” Boehner warned last week. “And he’s gonna burn himself if he continues to go down this path. The American people made it clear on election day: they want to get things done, and they don’t want the president acting on a unilateral basis.”
Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Tuesday that he believes the GOP will use the immigration issue to "introduce an impeachment resolution" against Obama.
“They know that this is an issue that the president feels very strongly about,” Clyburn said. “They believe that the president is so committed to this issue that he will, in fact, perform an executive order to get it done and that will be the peg in which they will hang an impeachment resolution.”
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