More details on what Obama’s executive order will do from the New York Times:
What the younger immigrants will obtain, officials said, is the ability to apply for a two-year “deferred action” that effectively removes the threat of deportation for up to two years, with repeated extensions. “This is not immunity, it is not amnesty,” said Janet Napolitano, the homeland security secretary. “It is an exercise of discretion.”
Officials estimated that the new policy would cover about 800,000 people.
While it’s true that the executive order wouldn’t give these young adults citizenship, it’s hard to imagine it won’t be described as an “amnesty” by many in the conversation going forward.