Obama announces sweeping immigration reform

Obama announces sweeping immigration reform

US President Barack Obama has introduced sweeping immigration reform, which will see nearly 5 million illegal immigrants exempt from deportation.

The executive actions bypass Congress, where immigration reform has proven to be an extremely divisive issue.

President Obama says the new laws will allow around 4.4 million people, who are parents of US citizens and legal permanent residents, to remain in the US temporarily, without the threat of deportation.

“If you’ve been in America for more than five years, if you have children who are American citizens or legal residents, if you register, pass a criminal background check and you’re willing to pay your fair share of taxes, you will be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily without fear of deportation,” he said.

But he has issued a warning to an would-be border crosses that these laws will not apply to them, and that the US remains committed to deporting any illegal immigrant who poses a threat to security.

“If you plan to enter the US illegally, your chances of getting caught and sent back just went up,” he said.

“We’re going to keep focusing enforcement resources on actual threats to out security.”

“Felons, not families. Criminals, not children. Gang members, not a mum who’s working hard to provide for her kids. We’ll prioritise, just like law enforcement does every day.”

But the move has enraged the Republican Party, which has accused Mr Obama of becoming an “unaccountable monarch”.

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