Emotions ran high as immigrant-rights activists, families and elected officials across the country watched President Barack Obama's televised announcement on immigration reform.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on "felons, not families."
CLEVELAND (AP) — A man convicted with his brother and his childhood friend of killing a businessman in 1975 said Thursday he's sorry his mother isn't alive to see that they can now walk free together because the only witness against them has recanted the damning testimony he gave as a 13-year-old.
We were strangers once, too," Obama declared, in a primetime national address from the White House. The plan that Obama outlined will allow undocumented migrants who have been living illegally in the United States for five years and have US-born children to apply for three-year work permits. The administration estimates the program, along with broadening the eligibility of young migrants to seek papers under a different program, will help just under half of the country's 11 million illegal immigrants.