Lorella Praeli, Chela Praeli and Ligia Jimenez  listen to US president Barack Obama speaking about immigration reform during a visit to Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Neil, a 42-year-old construction worker living in Chicago, Obama’s home town, plans to be first in the queue when the application process starts next (...)

Protesters gather outside Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, where US President Barack Obama was scheduled to deliver a speech  on his use of executive authority to relax US immigration policy on Friday night . Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

US president Barack Obama referred to the number of illegal Irish immigrants in his hometown of Chicago during a high- profile speech kicking off h(...)

Barack Obama evoked the tradition of European emigrants crossing the Atlantic to a “nation of immigrants,” including Irish and those fleeing famine, in making his case for legislative action. Photograph: Michael Nelson/EPA

US President Barack Obama referred to the number of illegal Irish immigrants in his hometown of Chicago during a high-profile speech kicking off his c(...)

Brianna Montalvo (5) holds a sign thanking US President Barack Obama during a rally outside the White House in Washington. Photograph: Jabin Botsford/The New York Times
Q&A: Who is Obama helping?

So what actions did Obama take on immigration on Thursday? He announced executive orders allowing up to five million illegal immigrants to remain in t(...)

 Signs made by attendees hang at the offices of 32BJ SEIU, a workers’ union, during a viewing party for US President Barack Obama’s speech on evecutive action immigration policy reform last night in New York City. Photograph: Kevin Hagen/Getty Images

What did President Obama announce about immigration last night?In a televised address from the White House, Mr Obama announced a series of executive o(...)

People react while watching President Barack Obama outlining his executive actions on immigration in a televised address at Casa de Maryland in Hyattsville, Maryland, last night. Photograph: Jabin Botsford/New York Times 2:05

President Barack Obama’s bold executive actions last night, helping five million long-term illegal migrants in the US, are a sticking plaster compared(...)

US President Barack Obama is shown on a large screen   before the start of the annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters 2:05

United States president Barack Obama has tonight pledged to “never give up” until immigration reform is a reality for the nearly five million people l(...)

Children from 21 countries wear Halloween costumes as they recite the Pledge of Allegiance after becoming American citizens during a naturaliSation ceremony in Baltimore, Maryland on October 31st. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Republicans are preparing a response to Barack Obama’s plans to change the immigration system. The aim to block the president’s go-solo actions, whic(...)

 Capitol police lead away a protestor after he and three others were removed from the Senate Gallery for shouting during a vote on the XL Pipeline in the US Capitol in Washington DC. Photograph: EPA

Republican prospects of increasing their US Senate majority were boosted when a Bill approving the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipe(...)

Economist Jonathan Gruber: claimed Obamacare legislation passed Congress because of a ‘lack of transparency’ and ‘the stupidity of the American voter’. Photograph: Evan McGlinn/the New York Times

Loose talk – or candid views, depending on your political leaning – from an academic health economist came like manna from heaven for Republicans a(...)