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Republicans Push Back On Immigration, As Activists Push White House To Go Farther

The White House is seen at dusk in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. President Barack Obama on Thursday is expected to announce steps he will take to shield up to 5 million immigrants illegally in the United States from deportation. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)
The White House is seen at dusk in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. President Barack Obama on Thursday is expected to announce steps he will take to shield up to 5 million immigrants illegally in the United States from deportation. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

President Obama is expected announce his executive actions on immigration with an address to the nation tonight, but immigration attorneys say they are already getting a flood of calls from people who are in the U.S. illegally, to see if the will qualify for some legal status under the president’s plan

That plan is expected to offer provisional legal status for up to 5 million out of an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

Immigrant advocates are mounting a last-minute campaign to try to push the administration to go farther, even as Republican leaders in Congress have expressed strong opposition to any executive action on immigration, saying by doing so, the president would be acting like a monarch or emperor.

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