• WASHINGTON, Nov 20- President Barack Obama, in a speech set to air at 8 p.m., will tell Republican lawmakers angry about with what he called "commonsense" executive immigration actions that they should "pass a bill," according to excerpts released by the White House. "To those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or...

  • President Barack Obama plans to outline on Thursday will shift enforcement focus to deporting undocumented immigrants deemed risks to national security or public safety, but will aim to protect families, the White House said. The plan, laid out by senior White House officials in advance of Obama's 8 p.m. speech, will emphasize the need to deport terrorism...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 20- President Barack Obama planned on Thursday to ease the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million illegal immigrants, as leading Democrats lined up behind the U.S. leader in the face of Republican attacks. Obama dispatched his chief of staff, Denis McDonough, to Capitol Hill for lunch with Senate Democrats who grilled him on the politics and...

  • But the directives will not remove the threat of deportation for many of the 11 million undocumented people in the United States. -Obama will issue a reprieve from deportation that would allow about 4.4 million undocumented parents who have lived in the United States for at least five years to remain in the country if their children are already U.S. citizens or...

  • Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) discusses the issue of immigration reform in Washington, D.C., and does not agree with President Obama's handling of the issue. She says that as a nation, the U.S. loves immigrants.

  • Discussing who should be responsible for immigration reform, with Rep. Chris Van Hollen, (D-Md.). He says the Senate bill is sitting in the House, awaiting a vote.

  • A look at the numbers in Obama's immigration plan Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 4:16 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama's administrative actions will cover as many as 5 million immigrants living in the country illegally. The Migration Policy Institute, an immigration think tank in Washington, estimates that as many as 290,000 people could qualify under liberalized requirements for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program,...

  • Obama knows GOP will react negatively: Pro     Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    Discussing the disconnect in Washington, D.C. and President Obama's upcoming executive order on immigration, with David Wessel, The Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy; Dean Baker, The Center for Economic and Policy Research; and James Pethokoukis, The American Enterprise Institute.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 20- President Barack Obama on Thursday is poised to ease the threat of deportations for about 4.7 million illegal immigrants in a move that has enraged Republicans in the U.S. Congress even before he formally unveiled the sweeping program. Democratic Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois said he was informed that the program will apply to those...

  • Division in DC     Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 3:35 PM ET

    President Obama is expected to speak on immigration Thursday night. How the GOP may react, with CNBC's John Harwood.

  • Immigration: Obama vs. GOP     Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 3:35 PM ET

    Discussing how President Obama's executive order on immigration will impact bipartisan efforts in Congress, with Sen. John Barrasso, (R-Wyo.).

  • Discovered new Iraq in US: Furman     Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 3:19 PM ET

    Discussing Keystone pipeline job creation and the health of U.S. oil production, Jason Furman, Council of Economic Advisers chairman, says "we've added production equivalent to discovering a new Iraq here in the United States."

  • Economics of immigration     Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 3:15 PM ET

    Council of Economic Advisers chairman Jason Furman, discusses the potential financial impact of President Obama's immigration plans on the productivity of the U.S economy.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 20- President Barack Obama is slated to announce on Thursday that he will offer relief from the threat of deportation to about 4.4 million undocumented people who are parents of U.S. citizens and green card holders, according to a source briefed by the administration. Obama also will announce an expansion of a program that allows children...

  • Immigration impact on business & investors     Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 2:30 PM ET

    CNBC's Dina Gusovsky discusses how immigration reform could impact employers and investors.

  • Congress can't 'de-fund' Obama on immigration Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 12:17 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A senior House Republican said Thursday that it's impossible to "defund" President Barack Obama's upcoming moves on immigration in an upcoming spending bill. Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers, R- Ky., said the Citizenship and Immigration Services agency gets its money through application fees, so Congress can't stop it by...

  • For months, Obama has warned he would take the steps after Republicans in the House of Representatives blocked a comprehensive, bipartisan immigration bill passed by the Senate in 2013.. "If President Obama acts in defiance of the people and imposes his will on the country, Congress will act," Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said in a speech on the Senate...

  • Obama solo on immigration to make rift worse: Thune Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 9:27 AM ET
    President Barack Obama speaking at the White House, November 5, 2014.

    President Obama's planned executive action on immigration will make working with the GOP on other issues more difficult, Sen. John Thune tells CNBC.

  • Obama's immigration mistake: Sen. Thune     Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 8:07 AM ET

    Sen. John Thune, (R-S.D.), explains why he "aggressively" disagrees with President Obama's immigration plan.

  • Immigration reform poses political risks: Poll     Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 8:05 AM ET

    CNBC's John Harwood reports a recent poll shows President Obama and new members of Congress are on a collision course over changes in U.S. immigration laws.