President Barack Obama is about to invoke his executive authority to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation. Millions more will remain in limbo. This action is expected to start a constitutional battle in Congress involving a Federal lawsuit to declare his actional unconstitutional and also probable impeachment proceedings against the President. While unlikely to be successful, those proceedings with engulf the attention of the House and Senate making other work impossible. It is unclear as to whether the Supreme Court would consider a case on point.
‘‘The president will come to regret the chapter history writes if he does move forward,’’ declared Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican who is soon to become the Senate majority leader.
The President’s Order is expected to apply to about 4.1 million parents who are in the country illegally but whose children are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. If the parents have been in the U.S. for at least five years, they could apply for protection from deportation and then for work permits, according to people briefed in advance on the president’s actions.