President Obama addresses the nation on immigration reform
President Obama addressed the nation Thursday to make his case for immigration reform. The new plan, set in motion without Congress' approval, includes a policy that will defer deportation proceedings against as many as 5 million immigrants living illegally in the country.
The Times' National Politics Editor Cathleen Decker and other Times reporters watched and analyzed the speech and new policy initiatives. Read their tweets at right. Watch the speech below.
This is the text, provided by the White House, of the president's remarks Thursday.
The Obama administration provided its legal reasoning behind its new immigration policies and priorities.