President Barack Obama is set on Thursday to outline a controversial plan to relax U.S. immigration policy and grant relief from deportation to as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants in a go-it-alone move that will deepen a partisan divide with Republicans.
Sources close to the administration said the rollout would include a televised speech by Obama on Thursday night laying out the plan followed by a trip to Las Vegas on Friday to build support. Nevada is home to the highest proportion of undocumented immigrants in the country.
This poses an interesting problem for incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Does he turn his gaze from this brazen lawbreaking or does Obama pay a substantive price for his actions. Having done this, how do either John Boehner or McConnell deal with Obama on anything like a good faith basis for the next two years.