According to Reuters, President Barack Obama intends to announce as early as next week a plan to overhaul US immigration policy via a presidential decree, including suspending deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants, Fox News reported on Wednesday (November 12).
Fox News, citing a source close to the White House, said a 10-part plan could be announced as early as November 21 and would expand a policy of deferring action on deportation of illegal immigrants who came to the country as children, as well as for parents of US citizens and permanent legal residents.
That provision potentially could authorize up to 4.5 million undocumented immigrants with US-born children remain in the country, Fox News said, citing estimates.
COMMENT: White House spokesman Shawn Turner, asked for comment on the report, said: "The president has still not made a decision regarding exactly when he'll make an announcement about executive action to fix our broken immigration system, but he remains committed to taking action before the end of the year."
As the US Congress continues to be circumvented by President Obama, it appears that a Constitutional crisis is quickly emerging whereby Capitol Hill has few options other than to de-fund Obama's massive immigration scheme to permit up to 4.5 million undocumented workers to remain in the US.
Obama told congressional leaders last Friday (November 7) he was committed to circumventing Congress to ease some restrictions on undocumented immigrants since Republicans in the House of Representatives had refused to advance immigration legislation.
Any unilateral action promises to draw the ire of Republicans in Congress. John Barrasso, the No. 4 Republican in the Senate, said in an interview on Friday that members of Congress had told Obama that would be a "toxic decision."
If only the President could devote as much attention to law-abiding US citizens as he seemingly does for undocumented, illegal workers.