President Obama is preparing to announce a 10-part plan next week to redo the immigration system, which would include the suspension of deportations for millions of immigrants residing in the nation illegally and boost border security, according to a Fox News report Wednesday night.
Among the most contentious items on the agenda is the administration’s plan to extend “deferred action” to millions of young people. According to the report, the plan calls for amnesty for those illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as child. However, it also extends the same provisions for the parents of U.S. citizens and “legal permanent residents.”
Also in the fold within the 10-point agenda is the administration’s plan is to expand the number of young people allowed to remain in the U.S.
In June 2012, Obama extended this plan toward those who entered the U.S. before June 2007 and under the age of 31 when the plan went into place. The new plan will allow those who entered the country before they were 16, and move up the cut off from the aforementioned June 2007 date to Jan. 1, 2010.
According to the report, this will allow about 300,000 illegals to remain legally.
Among the less-contentious points of the administration’s plan include increased border security, higher pay for immigration officers, getting rid of the “Secure Communities” program, and changing the “removal priorities” to target serious criminals for deportation.
The new plans come in the wake of cross-talk between Obama, soon-to-be Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and House Speaker John Boehner, who have both warned the president against issuing unilateral executive action, while Obama and the White House have told the two to give him the Senate bill passed during the summer of 2013.