Tomorrow night, President Obama will make a primetime announcement about taking executive action on immigration reform, shielding up to 3.5 million people in this country illegally from forced deportation. The White House has yet to release a statement on what, exactly, the President plans to include in his sweeping, unilateral executive amnesty schematic, but you’ll all find out when he cuts into your regularly scheduled programming tomorrow.
President Barack Obama will unveil his long-awaited immigration plan Thursday evening, changing rules governing deportations that could affect millions of undocumented immigrants and setting off an explosive battle with Republicans.
Obama’s prime-time address will be followed Friday by an event in Las Vegas, sources tell CNN. While exact details of his announcement aren’t yet public, the basic outline of the plan, as relayed by people familiar with its planning, includes deferring deportation for the parents of U.S. citizens, a move that would affect up to 3.5 million people.
“Everybody agrees that our immigration system is broken. Unfortunately, Washington has allowed the problem to fester for far too long,” Obama said in a video posted on his Facebook page Wednesday. “And so 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 work better, even as I continue to work with Congress to encourage them to get a bipartisan, comprehensive bill that can solve the entire problem.”
The White House hasn’t picked up any primetime airspace on any national networks just yet, possibly because while they want the announcement to have an impact on their voter base and forestall any attempt by Republicans to pass immigration reform when they control both houses of Congress in January, forcing the President to veto the legislation, which will be terrible for 2016 optics, they don’t want the specifics of the plan leaking out to people in a way that is accessible and understandible. This is probably because, unlike his predecessors, who used some executive action to tie up loose ends on Congressional immigration reform measures, Obama’s use of executive authority to implement an entire program absent Congressional involvement, is unprecedented. And they seem rather interested in preventing low-information voters from asking too many questions, other than why these horrible Republicans are such cold, heartless bastards. It’s about all he has left to do to hang on to this issue. And even though he’s said himself at least 22 times that he lacks the authority to implement this program, he’s apparently willing to take the risk.
Of course, it could just be that networks don’t think he’s nearly as important as the fall finale of The Big Bang Theory, which is also probably true. This guy’s hogged more primetime airspace than NCIS.
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