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President Obama to make a statement on immigration Thursday night

Barack Obama
Kevin Lamarque | Reuters

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President Barack Obama will make his immigration announcement Thursday night, followed by a rally at a Las Vegas high school with Senator Harry Reid on Friday, two sources familiar with the situation told NBC News.

Earlier on Wednesday, CNBC reported that the president would announce an executive order in Las Vegas on Friday.

A poll by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal found that Americans broadly share Obama's goals for immigration policy.

The president has been long expected to make an announcement that would protect up to five million unauthorized immigrants from the threat of deportation and provide work permits.