Actress turned activist Eva Longoria said she doesn’t know the full details of President Barack Obama’s immigration reform plans, but that it is something that needs to happen.
The big star for both the Hollywood and political scene told Fox News Latino Tuesday that, “It’s hard to comment because I don’t know what it’s containing or what it’s going to have. I do think that some action needs to be taken and if Congress isn’t willing to do it, we need to explore all options.”
The Obama administration announced Wednesday that the president would be unveiling his long-awaited plans for executive action during a primetime address to the nation from Las Vegas.
Details of the executive action are not yet clear however political analysts believe that Obama’s plan could potentially protect up to 5 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States from deportation.
House Republicans are threatening to go forward with a government shut down if the president does act as expected.
In a video on Facebook, Obama said while everyone agrees that the immigration system is broken, Washington has allowed the problem “to fester for too long.”
“What I’m going to be laying out is the things that I can do with my lawful authority as president to make the system better, even as I continue to work with Congress and encourage them to get a bipartisan, comprehensive bill that can solve the entire problem,” Obama said.
On Monday, “Orange is the New Black” actress Diane Guerrero released an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times to speak about how the broken immigration system has affected her life. When she was just 14 years old, she was left to take care of herself while her brother and parents were deported.
She recounted the numerous times her parents tried to get proper documentation to stay in the U.S. but was stopped by fraudulent lawyers stealing their money.
If Obama’s plan does shield up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation, it would be the most protected in history but still leave millions of others in limbo.
–Courtesy of Latin Post