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GOP congressional delegation opposes Obama's immigration order

Associated Press/Charles Dharapak

Associated Press/Charles Dharapak

WASHINGTON — Mississippi Republicans in Congress say President Barack Obama is overstepping his authority and ignoring the wishes of voters by issuing an executive order protecting millions of immigrants from deportation.

U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, the lone Democrat in Mississippi’s congressional delegation, applauded Obama’s effort, calling it a “bold step” to begin changing “the broken immigration system.” Thompson, however, says the plan should have included farm workers.

The executive actions, which Obama laid out in a prime-time television address yesterday, are designed to make nearly 5 million immigrants illegally in the United States eligible for protection from deportation and for work permits. It would mainly cover parents of U.S. citizens and of legal residents as long as the parents have been in the U.S. for five years or more.

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