Obama to Announce Executive Action on Immigration

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Obama to Announce Executive Action on Immigration

For years, activists have been calling on Obama to live up to his promise and pass comprehensive immigration reform. (Photo: Light Brigading/cc/flickr)

President Barack Obama will unveil much-anticipated executive actions on immigration in a televised address on Thursday at 8 pm, the White House announced Wednesday. 

In his Facebook video announcement, Obama said he will reveal "steps that I can take to start fixing our broken immigration system."

"Unfortunately Washington has allowed the problem to fester for too long," he said. Preemptively refuting Republican claims that exerting his executive power on this issue is illegal, Obama stressed that his plan lays out "the things I can do with my lawful authority as president to make the system work better, even as I work with Congress and encourage them to get a bipartisan comprehensive bill that can solve the entire problem."

The announcement comes nearly two years after Obama laid out his vision for reform at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he will return on Friday to present more details of the executive action before an audience of immigrants and their advocates.

You can watch the President's live address Wednesday at 8 PM EST here.

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