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Obama's Planned Executive Action on Immigration Will Add As Many Foreign Workers As Total Jobs Added Since 2009

By Staff Reporter | Nov 20, 2014 02:24 PM EST

Should President Barack Obama move forward with his plan to unilaterally provide amnesty to five million illegal immigrants, it will add just as many foreign workers to the U.S. work force as total jobs have been added since 2009, according to the Daily Caller.

Obama's executive action will be announced at 8 p.m. on Thursday evening, and part of that plan is expected to involve the distribution of five million work permits to illegal aliens. If this happens, combined with the near one million work permits already promised to foreigners, the foreign labor force will reach six million - the same amount of total jobs Obama's economy has added since 2009.

"Up to four million undocumented immigrants who have lived in the United States for at least five years can apply for a program that protects them from deportation and allows those with no criminal record to work legally in the country," reported The New York Times.

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"An additional one million people will get protection from deportation through other parts of the president's plan to overhaul the nation's immigration enforcement system."

The total number of jobs rose from 139,894,000 in 2009, to 145,871,000 in 2014 - an increase of 5,977,000 jobs, according to the International Monetary Fund.

Not all of the five million immigrants will actually work, but they will have the ability to compete for jobs against American citizens, which could be viewed as a problem for many, especially in an already tough job market.

Around one million additional immigrants are accepted into the U.S. each year as well. Companies typically hire 450,000 blue-collar and 200,000 white-collar "guest workers," most whom only stay for a year, the Daily Caller reported.

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that nearly half of the nation, 48 percent, opposes executive action from Obama that allows undocumented immigrants to stay legally. Only 38 percent support such action, while 14 percent have no opinion or are unsure. Interestingly enough, Obama himself was opposed to such executive action until recently.

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