Tonight President Obama will address the nation at 8 pm EST on his executive authority on immigration. The major networks (NBC, ABC, and CBS) are not planning to air the President’s speech this evening. CNBC reports, “Obama’s speech comes during sweeps week, where networks need to highlight their most popular programming.”
The President is expected to lay out the action he believes he has the authority to take with regard to individuals unlawfully present in the United States as well as to address issues around high skilled workers, border security and possibly other areas. The President will likely talk about his “prosecutorial discretion” allowing him to defer the deportation of up to 5 million undocumented individuals. To be clear, this is not a substitute for comprehensive immigration reform, and the President has made that clear.
Yesterday the President spoke from the Oval office about tonight’s announcement. Listen here.
Tune in for more on this after the President’s announcement tonight.