When President Barack Obama addresses the nation Thursday night, hell try to convince Americans that he is making the right decision by acting on his own to fix as much of the nations broken immigration system as he can.
He feels like he has an obligation as president of the United States to explain to the people who elected him precisely why hes taking the actions that he is taking, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said during a press briefing on Wednesday.
Obama will announce the executive actions hell take on immigration in a prime-time address Thursday night. The next day, hell travel to Las Vegas where hell explain how his actions will toughen border security, strengthen the economy and encourage millions of undocumented immigrants to come out of the shadows and get right with the law.
The presidents executive actions could shield as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants including the parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents from deportation and grant them work authorization.
Earnest said Obama feels that once he makes his case for why executive action on immigration is needed, the vast majority of Americans will support his decision to act. He added that Obama will be spending quite a bit of time talking about his executive actions on immigration, not only Thursday night but for the days and weeks ahead.
But a poll released Wednesday by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal indicates Obama has his work cut out for him. The poll shows 48 percent of Americans oppose Obamas plan to take executive action on immigration. Meanwhile, only 38 percent support the presidents plan and 14 percent have no opinion or are unsure.
Immigration advocates say the best way to convince Americans that Obama is making the right decision is by voicing how the presidents executive actions will transform the lives of millions of people. In other words, putting a human face to the issue.
To do that, Americas Voice and United We Dream teamed up to launch a new campaign called Our Home. The campaign features stories of immigrants who could benefit from Obamas executive actions.
Ingrid Vaca, an undocumented immigrant from Bolivia, is among the first stories featured in the campaign. Vaca is a mother of two Dreamers benefiting from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that offers deportation relief and work permits to undocumented youth.
In a video produced by the Our Home campaign, Vaca talks about her dreams and says she would feel free if she had the same protections as her sons.
Organizers of the campaign are encouraging other immigrants to share their stories, especially now that Republicans are planning efforts to block the executive actions Obama takes on immigration.
We know that our stories are powerful and can change hearts and minds, Americas Voice said in an email to supporters. Our stories are the best way to set the record straight and tell President Obama and the country whats at stake for millions of immigrants like Ingrid who have built families, homes, and deep ties to the U.S.