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What effect will the President's immigration reform plan have in Mississippi

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During President Obama's immigration reform speech on Thursday night, the President is expected to announce proposed immigration regulations that could positively impact millions of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., including thousands of undocumented Mississippians. 

Officials from the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance, also known as MIRA, have heard of at least one change the President may announce. 

That change would allow undocumented immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens to get deferred action. That means those parents would be exempt from deportation for a certain period of time. 

Deferred status doesn't provide lawful status, but does allow undocumented immigrants the right to work, get a social security number and possibly a driver's license depending on the state. 

MIRA officials say there could be anywhere between 100,000 and 200,000 undocumented people in Mississippi. 

If a law like this were set in place it could potentially impact 25,000 to 100,000 individuals in the Magnolia State. Many Republicans are expressing a lot of anger at the President's anticipated move. 

They say one-sided action on immigration would prevent any legislative action. 

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