Obama executive order to affect up to 5 million . . . President Barack Obama is poised to act soon to unveil a series of executive actions on immigration that will shield possibly around 5 million immigrants living in the country illegally from deportation, according to advocates in touch with the White House.
The estimate includes extending deportation protections to parents and spouses of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have been in the country for some years. The president is also likely to expand his 2-year-old program that protects young immigrants from deportation. Associated Press
Administration rethinking ground troops . . . President Obama’s top military advisers revealed Thursday that the administration is rethinking whether to deploy combat ground troops in the fight against the Islamic State, as signs emerged that the terrorist group may be setting aside its differences and is working with al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria — the Nusra Front — to attack U.S.-backed rebels in the region. Washington Times
Limbaugh: Amnesty would be permanent . . . When a caller suggested that the GOP accede to Obama’s likely gift of blanket amnesty, then reverse it two years later, Limbaugh responded: “There’s no reversing this. This is not like a piece of legislation that you might think you could repeal, or vote out, or whatever. You can’t reverse this. We’ve never, ever reversed an amnesty.” Breitbart
GOP split on how to respond . . . Congressional Republicans have split into competing factions over how to respond to President Obama’s expected moves to overhaul the nation’s immigration system, which are likely to include protecting millions from being deported. Washington Post
How the Secret Service let a man in the East Room . . . Secret Service officers bungled the response to a White House intruder by committing a series of what one lawmaker is calling a “comedy of errors,” including one officer who was on his cell phone when the man jumped the fence and multiple officers who assumed bushes would stop him. Fox News
Obama: My Keystone position hasn’t changed . . . President Barack Obama said on Friday his position on the Keystone XL oil pipeline has not changed, as the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives prepared to vote to approve the project to transport oil from Canada to the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Reuters