By Leon Thompson and Miriam Raftery
President Barack Obama last night announced immigration reforms, just as Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush before him took unilateral actions to expand protections for immigrants after Congress failed to act.
President Obama 's plan will offer temporary relief from deportation to the parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have been in the country for more than five years, work and pay taxes. He will also extend a program that already allows undocumented migrants brought here as children to stay in the country. The reforms are temporary, however, and could be undone by a future President and Congress.
Besides offering protections for a limited number of immigrants already in the U.S., the President also announced plans to strengthen enforcement at the border and prioritize enforcement resources to focus on deporting criminals who have convicted felonies, not families or working parents of U.S. citizens.