President Obama's executive orders on immigration, many are hoping, will help pave a path to U.S. citizenship for 11 million undocumented individuals. According to information posted on Whitehouse.gov, the president talked about laying out the steps for these individuals, which includes passing background checks, paying taxes and learning English. The president also made it clear that those who are here illegally must go to "the back of the line," behind everyone who is trying to come here legally. The goal, he said, is to make this a humane yet fair process for all concerned.
Here are some of the highlights of President Obama's proposal:
- Undocumented immigrants must register, submit biometric data and pass national security and criminal background checks before they become eligible for provisional legal status.