Executive Order On Immigration To Affect Millions

November 14, 2014 7:14 PM

Executive Order On Immigration To Affect Millions
" DENVER (CBS4/AP)- President Barack Obama is poised to act soon to unveil a series of executive actions on immigration that will shield possibly around 5 million immigrants living in the country illegally from deportation, according to advocates in touch with the White House.

For Arturo Hernandez Garcia, the proposal would be lifechanging. He was facing deportation when he claimed sanctuary in the basement of First Unitarian Church in Denver three weeks ago.

Immigration activists rally at a church where Arturo Hernandez is living to avoid deportation (credit: CBS)

Under the plan being reported, Garcia would be among five million people who would no longer have to worry about being separated from their families.

“I pray every day and cross my fingers for better news,” said Garcia.

The estimate includes extending deportation protections to parents and spouses of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have been in the country for some years. The president is also likely to expand his 2-year-old program that protects young immigrants from deportation.

Timing of the announcement is unclear, though it’s expected before the end of the year "

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