Obama to Announce Immigration Actions in Primetime Address Thursday
President Obama will announce in a primetime address Thursday that he is taking executive actions on immigration reform.
The White House posted the following video on Facebook to announce the move, which has been widely expected.
The address is scheduled for 8p ET tomorrow night.
On the White House blog, Press Secretary Josh Earnest wrote:
This is a step forward in the President's plan to work with Congress on passing common-sense, comprehensive immigration reform. He laid out his principles for that reform two years ago in Del Sol High School in Las Vegas -- and that's where he'll return on Friday to discuss why he is using his executive authority now, and why Republicans in Congress must act to pass a long-term solution to immigration reform.
The Senate passed a bipartisan bill more than 500 days ago, and while the country waits for House Republicans to vote, the President will act -- like the Presidents before him -- to fix our immigration system in the ways that he can. So tune in tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET to learn what the President is doing to ensure that America will continue to be what it has always been: a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.
Last week, Fox News obtained a draft plan that outlined the planned actions.
Bret Baier joined Jon Scott to discuss the news, saying Republicans don't have a "consensus" right now about their next move.
Baier said the GOP wants to show the American people that they can get things done, but many within the party will want to push back strongly, including trying to stop funding for anything tied to these executive actions.
Scott asked whether the president is "daring" Republicans to take him on and possibly damage themselves politically. Bret said the theory about Obama "setting a trap" is a theory that is circulating in Washington.
"You're going to have leadership making that case, that that's exactly what's happening here. For the leaders, Speaker Boehner and Mitch McConnell, to be able to herd the cats on this issue is going to be pretty tough when it's this explosive, this emotional of an issue," said Baier.
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President Obama will announce Thursday in a primetime TV speech the executive actions he will take to change U.S. immigration law.
Making good on his recent vow to use executive authority that sidesteps Congress, the president will announce steps to protect roughly 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation.
Obama will make his announcement from the White House at 8 p.m. EST, then travel to Las Vegas to promote the plan Friday.
The president will go ahead with his plan despite widespread opposition from Capitol Hill Republicans, who have asked him to wait until next year when the GOP controls the House and Senate to try to reform the country’s broken immigration system.
Obama is also under intense pressure from Hispanics and much of his liberal base to act now, after promising to act by September, then disappointing them by waiting until after the midterms.
Congressional Republican are already working on a strategy to stop Obama from using executive action, including a plan to submit a temporary spending bill that would cut any funding for related efforts like issuing Social Security cards for those protected under the Obama plan.
House Speaker John Boehner has warned Obama that taking such action before January would be tantamount to "playing with fire."
The federal government technically runs out of money by December 11.
"What I'm going to be laying out is the things that I can do with my lawful authority as president to make the system better, even as I continue to work with Congress and encourage them to get a bipartisan, comprehensive bill that can solve the entire problem," Obama said via Facebook.
At least some of estimated 5 million illegal immigrants who would be spared from deportation are also expected to be made eligible for work permits. But the eligible immigrants would not be entitled to federal benefits -- including health care tax credits -- under the plan, administration officials said Wednesday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.