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Obama has room to maneuver on immigration changes

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Posted: Aug 2, 2014 1:30 AM

Updated: Aug 2, 2014 1:31 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) What can President Barack Obama actually do without Congress to change U.S. immigration policies? A lot, it turns out.

There are some limits under federal law, and anything the White House decides to do may be challenged in court as unconstitutional.

But legal experts say the White House almost certainly can delay indefinitely efforts to deport millions of immigrants already in the U.S. illegally. It can give them official work permits that would allow them to legally find jobs, obtain driver's licenses and pay taxes.

What can't Obama do without approval from Congress?

He can't generally give large groups of immigrants permission to remain permanently in the United States, and he can't grant them citizenship.

And he can't generally make them eligible for social benefit programs.

Topics: US-Immigration

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