Obama 'close to U.S. immigration action'

Nov 13, 2014, 11:56 PM EST
US President Barack Obama adjusts his earphones during the East Asian Summit Plenary Session at the Myanmar International Convention Center in Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw on November 13, 2014.
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President Barack Obama is close to announcing major changes to the US immigration system through executive action, US media report. The BBC writes:

Reports in the New York Times and Fox News say Mr Obama is planning to extend protection from deportation to some parents of legal US residents.

The overall plan is estimated to affect as many as five million undocumented immigrants living in the US. Republicans in Congress say such action would be beyond Mr Obama's authority.

"We're going to fight the president tooth and nail if he continues down this path," House Speaker John Boehner told reporters. Mitch McConnell, the incoming Senate majority leader, urged the president to "work with us to try to find a way to improve our immigration system".

"The president has been told over and over and over again - and we're telling him again today - don't do this because his executive actions are not permanent changes," he said.