WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s anticipated order to shield millions of immigrants now living illegally in the U.S. from deportation is not unprecedented.
Two of the last three Republican presidents — Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush — did the same thing in extending amnesty to family members who were not covered by the last major overhaul of immigration law in 1986.
There was no political explosion then comparable to the one Republicans are threatening now.
A tea party-influenced GOP is poised to erupt if and when Obama follows through on his promise.
He wants to extend protection from deportation to millions of immigrant parents and spouses of U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
Obama also wants to expand his program that shields immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
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