On November 19, 2014, the White House posted a Facebook video, stating that President Barack Obama will announce executive orders on immigration on Thursday evening, during an address to the nation. Obama’s announcement is set to be followed by a trip to Las Vegas, Nevada. The state of Nevada was strategically selected, as it has the highest proportion of illegal immigrants in the United States. President Obama’s executive action will reportedly allow millions of undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation, with a reprieve being extended to parents of American citizens and legal permanent residents. Most children of unauthorized immigrants (over 73 percent) are U.S. citizens by birth. Illegal immigrants are having babies in the U.S. at a much higher rate than the general population, according to the Pew Hispanic Center studies.
On at least twenty-two previous occasions Obama admitted that separation of powers does not permit him to act unilaterally, since he is not an Emperor. On September 17, 2013, President Obama was specifically asked whether he would expand the deferred action executive order for the “Dreamers” to their parents. In response, he said that broadening such an order “would be ignoring the law in a way that would be very difficult to defend legally.” One year later, Obama is apparently prepared to ignore the law, which is bound to have explosive political consequences.