Oct. 19, 1983 file photo, President Ronald Reagan speaks during a news conference at the White House in Washington.FILE - In this Oct. 19, 1983 file photo, President Ronald Reagan speaks during a news conference at the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama's impending unilateral order awarding legal status to millions of immigrants is not unprecedented. Two of the last three Republican presidents _ Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush did the same thing in extending amnesty to family members not covered by the last major overhaul of immigration law in 1986. There was no political explosion then comparable to the one Republicans are threatening now. | (AP Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Reagan, Bush Also Acted Alone To Shield Immigrants

President Barack Obama’s anticipated order that would shield millions of immigrants now living illegally in the U.S. from deportation is not without precedent.

File – December 18, 2012, Republican House Speaker John Boehner, shown here, at a stalemate to solve the fiscal cliff. Alex Wong/Getty Images

Fact Checking John Boehner On Debt Limit Hostage Taking

John Boehner’s attempt to obscure the facts and normalize the hostage taking by his party’s fringe; however, the facts remain absolutely clear, no president before Barack Obama ever faced a Congress that was willing to bankrupt the United States in order to harm a president of the opposing party.

August 9, 2013 Press Conference - President Obama said, "Mr. Snowden has been charged with three felonies. If, in fact, he believes that what he did was right, then, like every American citizen, he can come here, appear before the court with a lawyer and make his case. If the concern was that somehow this was the only way to get this information out to the public, I signed an executive order well before Mr. Snowden leaked this information that provided whistleblower protection to the intelligence community -- for the first time. So there were other avenues available for somebody whose conscience was stirred and thought that they needed to question government actions".

President Obama Slays Edward Snowden’s Whistleblower Myth

The President took on the accusations that the government is spying on the American people without the proper Constitutional safeguards.