Immigration action: Not like the ‘Academy Awards,’ says White House aide

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WASHINGTON (CNN) — When President Barack Obama takes executive action on immigration reform by the end of the year, one senior administration official thinks no one will be shocked at what the orders say.

“It’s not like this is the Academy Awards,” a senior White House official said Friday, referring to the letter-opening reveal surprise of Oscar winners.

The senior official also said that media reports including CNN’s that Obama will take three key steps on immigration reform are not off base.

Those components include directing immigration agents to allow parents of children who are American citizens to be able to stay in the United States legally, protecting undocumented residents who came to the United States as children and ensuring deportations will continue to be the policy for convicted criminals.

The final number of immigrants shielded will be affected by restrictions such as whether people with police infractions such as a DUI can qualify, sources said.

Obama’s plan would also expand visas for workers in specific fields like the tech industry.

The official cautioned that Obama still has to review the details of the proposed plan before he makes a decision on the specific actions he will take to shield some undocumented immigrants from deportation.