Does President Obama Take a Strong Stand on Immigration?


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As of 2015, Barack Obama is a strong supporter of immigration, backing bills including the Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act. Obama's recent executive actions on immigration hope to shield millions of immigrants from deportation and help provide work permits.

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Obama's initial immigration reform plan featured six acts devised to please both those favoring and opposing immigration reform. Tougher border enforcement, interior oversight to cut down on visa overstays and preventing individuals from employment without a work permit were instituted. The president additionally hoped to create a committee to regulate the number of visas being issued to reflect the needs of the economy and also planned to create programs to help immigrants adapt to life in the United States and help undocumented immigrants achieve legal status.

Obama's executive actions of November 2014 proposed a program of 'deferred action,' which would allow for up to 3.7 million undocumented parents of U.S. Citizens and legal permanent residents in the country for at least five years to legally remain and work in the United States.

As of 2015, a Texas judge is seeking an injunction on Obama's executive actions, claiming the commander-in-chief is exceeding his legal authority in allowing the deferral of deportations of illegal immigrants.

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