Barack Obama

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.