Obama will give legal status to almost 5 million undocumented immigrants

Fortune

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By Zeke J. Miller, TIME

President Barack Obama will grant temporary legal status and work permits to almost five million undocumented immigrants living in the country illegally Thursday night, the largest single immigration action in modern American history.

More than four million undocumented immigrants who are the parents of U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident children will receive new legal status under the plan, if they have been living in the country for at least five years, pay back taxes, and pass a criminal background check. Obama will also offer temporary status to several hundred thousand immigrants who came to the country as children, but did not qualify for his action on deferred deportations in 2012. This group includes those who were born before 1981 and those who arrived in the U.S. between June…

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