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Obama’s executive action on immigration

by Bill Hayes

In 13 short cards, Vox explains Everything you need to know about Obama’s executive action on immigration. Below is the first card.

How is President Obama reforming immigration policy through executive action?

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced sweeping changes to the immigration system via executive action.

The most substantial change extends protection from deportation to about 4.3 million more unauthorized immigrants in the US. Immigrants will be eligible to apply for three years of relief from deportation, and work permits, if they

arrived in the US before 2010, and arrived in the US under the age of 16; or

arrived in the US before 2010, and have at least one child who is a US citizen or legal resident.

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The Obama administration also announced changes that would expand legal immigration of skilled workers, which could result in 150,000 to 200,000 new workers moving to the US. And it announced an overhaul of immigration enforcement, including revamping the Secure Communities program (which enlisted local jails in turning over immigrants to federal agents) and the federal government’s priorities for deportation. [more]