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Immigration opponents face off against immigrant supporters to protest amnesty for illegal immigrants, New York City, July 19, 2014.

While some are hailing Obama’s executive order as a necessary action in a stalled political system, others are calling it a drastic overreach beyond the scope of presidential power.

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By allowing as many as 5 million illegal aliens into the United States for the remainder of his term, Obama is violating the Constitution and Congress, and the courts must respond.

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U.S. President Obama announces executive actions on immigration during nationally televised address from the White House in Washington

If the president’s primary objective was fixing our broken immigration system, he should have been willing to wait until the Republican-led Congress takes power in a few weeks and challenged it to act on a series of practical reforms.

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President Barack Obama announces executive actions on U.S. immigration policy during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, November 20, 2014. Reuters

Providing executive amnesty to certain illegal immigrants is a sound social policy that helps  families and is unlikely to have negative political repercussions.

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President Barack Obama shares a laugh with senior advisors during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Nov. 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Obama’s immigration action is based on no statutory authority, but is instead an expansion of the idea of “prosecutorial discretion” — the notion that federal government can’t catch all scofflaws, and so it must set priorities.

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With the determination of President Obama to issue his executive order on immigration this week, the lame-duck session in Congress takes on a fascinating set of twists.

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America always needs high-skilled immigrants. And we don’t need to tie them to an employer. Despite all the taxes and regulations, this is still a free enterprise system; let them make their own way.

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None of the three responses liberals give to conservatives’ and moderates’ critiques of Obama’s impending unilateral action on immigration makes his plan sound any better.

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Covering a story about society and culture? Here’s the latest from AEI’s Society and Culture experts.

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Try as he might, President Obama cannot escape responsibility for the debacle at the U.S. southwest border, caused, in part, by his administration’s mismanagement.

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