Obama to Bypass Congress on Immigration Reform
U.S. President Barack Obama plans to bypass Congress and announce executive action on immigration.
The White House says Mr. Obama will address the nation Thursday on what it says are the details of his plan to fix a broken system.
It is expected to include protection from deportation for as many as 5 million illegal immigrants, who will also be made eligible for work permits.
This would include parents and spouses of U.S. citizens.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the president's action will strengthen national security at U.S. borders, strengthen the economy, and let millions of people come out from hiding and comply with the law.
Some Republicans in Congress accuse the president of overstepping his authority.
The White House spokesman says nearly every president from both parties as far back as Dwight Eisenhower took executive action to tackle problems with immigration.
The Democratically-controlled Senate passed bipartisan immigration reform, but Earnest says the country has been waiting for more than a year for a bill to come up for a vote in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
Many Republicans say Mr. Obama and the Democrats want to grant amnesty to lawbreakers - calling this unfair to those who have been trying to legally immigrate to the United States.
They also want tougher security along the U.S.-Mexican border.
Buffalo, New York hit by massive winter storm
Forecasters say up to one more meter of snow is expected to fall Thursday on Buffalo, New York, two days after the city was literally buried by a massive winter storm. The new snow will add to the 1.5 meters of snow that left residents trapped in their homes and motorists stranded in their vehicles along a long stretch of the New York State Thruway.
Forecasters say the eventual snowfall totals will be as much as the city usually gets during an entire winter.
Seven people have now been confirmed dead in connection with the storm, including a man found dead in his car buried under the snow. Four other people died of heart-related causes.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency in 10 counties in the western New York region. Mr. Cuomo told reporters Wednesday this could be a record-breaking snowfall "when all is said and done."