Obama to announce executive action that will protect up to 5 million

Last Updated Nov 20, 2014 6:30 PM EST

President Obama will announce Thursday evening that his administration will shield about 5 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally from deportation and allow them to apply for a three-year work permit if they can pass a background check, register with the government, submit biometric data, and establish they are eligible for relief.

"The actions I'm taking are not only lawful, they're the kinds of actions taken by every single Republican President and every Democratic President for the past half century," the president will say, according to advance excerpts released by the White House. "And to those Members of Congress who question my aut