President Obama could unveil as soon as this Friday his planned, unilateral overhaul of the nation’s immigration system. Senior administration officials have said Obama is prepared to “go big.”
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said over the weekend that the administration is in the “final stages” of developing the plan, which he described as comprehensive, touching all aspects of American immigration including border security.
One aspect of Obama’s planned action will be an order to, on a temporary basis, exempt from deportation and grant work permits to as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants.
Obama has said he is prepared to expand a 2012 program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, to cover the parents of DACA applicants.
According to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, a majority, 52 percent of Americans, said they would like to see Obama act unilaterally on immigration in the absence of Congressional action, with 44 percent opposed.