(NEWSER) – President Obama will lay out his executive order on immigration reform tomorrow night in an 8pm ET speech, one in which he's expected to shield up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.
That will mostly involve providing work permits to adult immigrants who have been in the US for at least five years and have families here, though they won't gain full citizenship, reports USA Today. Some other details: No health care: The immigrants who gain protection will not be eligible for ObamaCare, reports the New York Times. That's a major disappointment for advocates, but it allows Obama to avoid a fight with conservatives on the matter. The immigrants likely won't be eligible for food stamps or Medicaid coverage, either.
- Dreamers: Obama is expected to expand eligibility for a 2012 program that protects young people who came to the US illegally as kids, a group collectively known as Dreamers. However, no special protections are expected for their parents, reports Politico. Farm workers also appear to be out of luck (unless there's some overlap in other categories of protection).
- Student visas: The plan is expected to "make it it easier for students awaiting work visas to stay in the U.S.," reports the Wall Street Journal.
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