In a Rose Garden Ceremony president Obama announced he's signed a new executive order that will affect as many as 800,000 young illegal immigrants who have lived in fear of being deported.
President Obama said, "it makes no sense to expel talented young people who for all intents and purposes are Americans."
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"This is a temporary stopgap measure that lets us focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of hope to talented, patriotic young people," said President Obama.
The president says he's acting because congress won't, but republicans are calling it a power grab.
Congressman Adam Kinzinger said, "He's gone around congress."
During a taping of "FOX Chicago Sunday" Republican Congressman Kinzinger said the president is acting unilaterally because he couldn't get the Dream Act through congress.
Kiinzinger said "The problem right now using executive orders. He's basically brought the executive branch in and said 'we're going to make policy ourselves. We're going to make laws ourselves.' This needs to be debated in congress."
Illinois Senator Dick Durbin said "This is a historic humanitarian moment in American history."
Durbin praised the president for what he called "political courage." Durbin says "it is an opportunity for us to demonstrate to the world the values and caring of a great nation. And equally important it gives to these young people these young men and women, a chance to be part of our future."
Some republicans call it a political stunt by a president courting the critical Hispanic vote. At least one Republican Congressman says he plans to sue the Obama administration to try to stop the executive order from taking effect.