Obama's executive order may delay deportation for more than 5 million people

Gregory KorteDavid Jackson and Alan Gomez, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON -- President Obama is considering an executive order that would prevent as many as 5 million people from being deported, administration officials said Thursday.

But the officials -- speaking on condition of anonymity, citing internal deliberations -- said the details are still being developed and called reports of specific action "pre-decisional."

The New York Times, citing anonymous administration officials, reported Thursday that a key part of the plan would allow immigrant parents of American citizen children to apply for work authorizations that would allow them to stay in the country. The newspaper said the order could come as soon as next week, when President Obama returns from a week-long trip to Asia.

And Fox News reported that a draft of the administration plan includes 10 proposals, including increased border security, improved pay for immigration officers and expanded "deferred action" on immigrant children and their parents. Fox News cited a source "close to the White House" who had seen the draft.

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