Our immigration system has been broken for decades -- and every minute we fail to act, millions of people who live in the shadows but want to play by the rules and pay taxes have no way to live right by the law and contribute to our country.
So tomorrow night, President Obama will address the nation to lay out the executive actions he’s taking to fix our broken immigration system. You can watch the President live tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET at WhiteHouse.gov/Live.
Politico has some additional details on the executive order itself, which will reportedly affect some five million “undocumented immigrants”:
The executive actions will cover 4 million undocumented immigrants who would qualify for deferred deportations by using criteria such as longevity in the United States and family ties, according to sources briefed on the discussions. Another 1 million would receive protection through other means, two sources said.
UPDATE: The jury's still out on this one.
Does Pres Obama’s speech address or ignore the many times he’s said he cannot do what he is about to do?— Stephen Hayes (@stephenfhayes) November 19, 2014
UPDATE: This could get awkward.
JUST IN: Obama has invited senior lawmakers to dinner tonight at the White House to explain his #immigration decision, several aides say— Ed O'Keefe (@edatpost) November 19, 2014
UPDATE: By the way, the Washington Post editorial board has already advised against this course of action. Oh well.
UPDATE: Republicans aren't just going to forget, Mr. President:
Post executive action on immigration, Obama wants to keep working w/ Congress toward “a bipartisan, comprehensive bill,” he says. @CQnow— Jennifer Scholtes (@JAscholtes) November 19, 2014
UPDATE: Republicans will not be attending the White House dinner tonight after all.
All you need to know about Obama, immigration, and future bipartisan chances? There's a dinner at the White House tonight. Democrats only.— Matt Viser (@mviser) November 19, 2014
UPDATE: Yup, no Republicans allowed.
Confirmed: Obama didn't invite top GOP leaders to attend his #immigration dinner tonight with senior Democrats.— Ed O'Keefe (@edatpost) November 19, 2014
UPDATE: A new poll shows the president's impending unilateral action is opposed by "almost half of Americans."
UPDATE: No words.
UPDATE: Taking to the pages Politico Magazine, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) suggests ways congressional Republicans can respond:
If the President announces executive amnesty, the new Senate Majority Leader who takes over in January should announce that the 114th Congress will not confirm a single nominee—executive or judicial—outside of vital national security positions, so long as the illegal amnesty persists.
This is a potent tool given to Congress by the Constitution explicitly to act as a check on executive power. It is a constitutional power of the Majority Leader alone, and it would serve as a significant deterrent to a lawless President. Additionally, the new Congress should exercise the power of the purse by passing individual appropriations bills authorizing critical functions of government and attaching riders to strip the authority from the president to grant amnesty.
UPDATE: Eighteen Democrats are going:
About 18 congressional members will join Obama for dinner on immigration action - just Democrats— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) November 19, 2014
UPDATE: Flip-flop of the year?