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November 20, 2014

WASHINGTON – Tonight, President Obama will announce a package of executive actions that could temporarily shield more than 4 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.

Below are preliminary thoughts from ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero:

"The ACLU supports the President for taking necessary action to restore some fairness to our broken immigration system, and to place limits on the devastating deportation machine that has torn apart countless families for too long. Now, millions of people, who have lived under the daily threat of deportation for years, can finally breathe a sigh of relief.

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Victor Jimenez is a naturalized United States citizen. After being arrested late in the evening on August 28, 2010, Jimenez was taken into custody in Indianapolis. He was eligible for bail almost immediately, but he wasn't released because on August 29, federal immigration agents issued an immigration detainer, which meant Jimenez was to be held pending possible deportation.

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Society has a long history of stigmatizing children born to unmarried parents, which can cause significant legal and societal discrimination for children and families today. However, as more parents remain unmarried when starting their families, the notion of an "illegitimate" child has begun to change.

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