Presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois

President Barack Obama laid out his plans for immigration on Thursday night. | Getty Images

Obama flexes muscle, spurns GOP with expansive immigration orders

Off Message: Jane Byrne's Life and Legacy

Natasha Korecki is joined by Fran Spielman, Don Rose and Neil Steinberg to talk about the life and legacy of former Chicago mayor Jane Byrne who passed away on November 14th, 2014

Serafin Bahena (left) celebrates with others at Centro Civico Mexicano in Salt Lake City after President Barack Obama's nationally televised address Thursday night. | Rick Bowmer/AP

Obama offers relief from deportation amid Republican fury

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, in announcing Thursday his unilateral actions to save up to 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation, made humanitarian, economic and national security appeals as a certain slice of Republicans could not contain their outrage. Obama delivered a prime-time speech from the White House, where he outlined his plans to make a priority of deporting criminals — and not illegal immigrants who live here and have not gotten into trouble.

Isabel Medina, 41, a non-U.S. citizen, wipes her eyes in Los Angeles, California, as she watches President Barack Obama's nationally televised announcement on immigration reform. | Getty Images

Emotions spike as people hear Obama's immigration plan

Emotions ran high as immigrant-rights activists, families and elected officials across the country watched President Barack Obama's televised announcement on immigration reform.

A member of the Secret Service's uniformed division talks with anti-amnesty activists as they gather on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House on Thursday night. | Getty Images

Obama's immigration executive order: Here are the details

WASHINGTON — Under President Barack Obama’s immigration executive order, announced on Thursday, illegal immigrants who have minor run-ins with law enforcement will not have to worry about the incident triggering deportation, according to senior administration officials.

Personal crusade against deportation

When Alejandra Renteria began attending rallies for immigration reform years ago alongside her mother, the significance of the movement didn’t register with her young mind.

Three Ways ACA is affecting Business

More often than not, when healthcare reform is brought up, the impact and the interests of businesses are lumped together, as if each faces with the same challenges as the next.

(Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Obama and Dems surrender to love of power

“I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”