Five Things You Need to Know About Obama’s Immigration Plan

By Aura Bogado Nov 13, 2014

Are ICE agents getting a big raise? Is there about to be a massive executive amnesty? And will the government shut down again?

News is running wild with rumors about how President Obama might move on executive action on immigration as early as next week. Here’s a quick roundup that covers some of what you need to know:

  • The New York Times is reporting that Obama’s executive action "will protect up to five million undocumented immigrants from the threat of deportation and provide many of them with work permits." That would largely be done by extending deferred action to the parents of U.S. citizens or permanent residents and expanding the criteria for those people currently eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
  • Fox News, meanwhile, is reporting that it’s obtained what it calls a 10-point plan–although it’s unclear what all ten points are. According to Fox, it would provide a path to citizenship for 4.5 million undocumented immigrants, but also provide raises to immigration agents in order to "increase morale."
  • These estimates all fall short, however, of the Congressional Progressive Caucus’s call to the president made Wednesday. Rep. Raul M. Grijalva (D-Arizona) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Illinois) have proposed a plan that would benefit seven million undocumented immigrants. It just doesn’t seem likely to happen at this point.
  • As the Chicago Tribune is reporting, whatever takes place, the rumors alone are enough to make Republicans pretty livid–and they might use a tactic that shut down the government last year in protest. But, as CNN reports, the G.O.P. wants to avoid another shutdown this round. Still, CNN says "it’s clear that conservatives are bracing for a major confrontation with the president."
  • The Department of Homeland Security is now a defendant in a lawsuit to end deportations–because it hasn’t responded in a timely manner to a petition to change the rules around deferred action.