Obama enforces US immigration overhaul

WASHINGTON - Millions of immigrants living illegally in the US will be allowed to apply for work permits under a major shake-up unveiled by President Barack Obama.

They include immigrants living in the US for five years who have children staying legally in the US.

Up to five million are expected to benefit from a reform package forced through using executive orders, which allow Mr Obama to bypass Congress.

Republicans have accused the president of an "illegal power-grab".

There are estimated to be 11 million illegal immigrants in the US.

Under Mr Obama's plan, undocumented parents of children who are US citizens or legal residents will be able to apply for work permits lasting three years.

Only parents who have lived in the US for five years will qualify - about four million people are estimated to fit this criterion.

Hundreds of thousands more will benefit from other changes, including a decision to broaden a scheme giving temporary legal status to those who arrived in the US as children.

Comments (4)

As long as one is rich labour force flocks.

liberty shungu - 22 November 2014

Professor OBAMA is now making inroads into political power. I hope he has managed to sail through in his earlier bid to partially 'decriminalise' drugs whereby he argued that no such offences should attract prison sentences (but only fines) because only ethnic minorities are in prisons, for trying to make a living. I hear he made steps towards appointing ethnic minorities in controlling posts, such as the Prosecutor General's Office...' The cliff continues to rise for the Republicans to climb.

Chenjerai Makudo - 22 November 2014

Mufana Obby akuenda Term dzake dzakwana saka aakugadzirisa mapepa aana abiyaake kuitira kuzosvika kumusha kwaMai wotambirwawo.

mashotopiyana - 22 November 2014

i have been expecting prof. Obama make more concern with ethnic minorities in us so that they acknowledge their existence by government.

sutriyono - 27 November 2014

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