President Obama is planning to ignore Republican protest and in the next week reveal an immigration enforcement order that will protect up to 5 million illegal immigrants by providing them with work permits. A key component of the mandate is that it will allow parents of children who are legal residents to obtain legal work permits, thus keeping families together. The order make it clear though that deportations will still proceed for convicted criminals, immigrants that pose a national security risk, and recent border crossers. President Obama said he wanted to do whatever possible to improve the immigration system before the end of the year. However this order by President Obama is not going to bode well with Republicans and will most likely effect negotiations about the nations budget. It is feared that if the President executes a mandate like this it will thwart all future bipartisanship.
- Will this change in immigration policy be good for the US?
- How will this order affect future negotiations in Congress?