Obama announced his executive order regarding immigration that he will be signing tomorrow. He stated:
"So we’re going to offer the following deal: If you’ve been in America for more than five years; if you have children who are American citizens or legal residents; if you register, pass a criminal background check, and you’re willing to pay your fair share of taxes – you’ll be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily, without fear of deportation." [...]
"The actions I’m taking are not only lawful, they’re the kinds of actions taken by every single Republican President and every single Democratic President for the past half century."
President Obama earlier made the argument that the President doesn't have the power to do this:
"I take the Constitution very seriously. The biggest problems that we are facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all." [...]
"There are enough laws on the books, by Congress, that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system."
"For me to simply through executive order to ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as president."
Are the president's actions actually lawful? Is he able to use an executive order to delay deportation of millions of immigrants?