Congress isn't going to stop President Barack Obama's immigration action. Not this week, not next year.
That's the view of Obama, and he's going full speed ahead to implement his order.
As he made clear on Tuesday at a Q&A on immigration in Tennessee, the president will be reaching out across the country so the 4 million people eligible for his new temporary executive amnesty program — including deportation relief and work permits — feel comfortable coming forward and applying.
Obama said the White House would make clear to people that they don't need to pay a lawyer or a notary. They just need to sign up.
And not only does he think Congress isn't going to succeed in efforts to block the immigration action — something he said last week — he doesn't think a future president would roll back the "temporary" action either, saying they wouldn't have the support of the American people.
He also reiterated that his plan will mean reduced enforcement against "everybody" who doesn't fall into a priority category for deportation, not just people who qualify for the new program.
That means millions of additional people now likely have little reason to fear deportation, although Obama said it would take some time to train local immigration officials and he said some families may still be split up in the meantime.
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