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NAACP Commends President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration

Yesterday, President Barack Obama used his executive power to begin the process towards comprehensive immigration reform. President Obama's plan allows undocumented immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents to legally live and work in the country for a period of three years. He also expanded the pool of undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children who are eligible for protected status. The plan also makes it easier for foreign workers trained in high-tech fields to enter, and stay in, the country. Lastly, it refocuses the nation's entire immigration enforcement apparatus on a much smaller pool of immigrants — those with criminal records, ties to terrorist organizations or gangs and people who crossed the border in the past year.

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President’s Statement on Immigration

ObamaI want to tell you why I'm taking action on immigration.There's no disagreement in Washington that our system is badly broken. That's why a bipartisan majority in the Senate passed comprehensive immigration reform. That was more than 500 days ago, but we're still waiting for the House to hold a vote.

Every day we delay, our country and our economy suffer. Millions of families go on living in the shadows, without a chance to pay their taxes or do what's necessary to get on the right side of the law. So, just like every president in the last 70 years -- Republican and Democrat -- I'm taking steps in my power to help fix this broken immigration system.

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