CHICAGO (AP) – President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit the Chicago area next week to detail his expansive executive action aimed at keeping roughly 5 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally from deportation.
White House officials confirmed Friday that he’ll travel to the region Tuesday and meet with community leaders. The visit follows his Thursday announcement on sweeping immigration changes.
The main people to benefit from the president’s actions are immigrants who’ve been in the U.S. illegally for more than five years but whose children are citizens or lawful permanent residents.
Illinois has one of the largest populations of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. The nonpartisan Pew Research Center reported this month that it’s roughly 475,000.
The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights has announced a website for updates: www.ILisReady.org .