- Associated Press - Thursday, November 20, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Experts say Michigan’s population of immigrants living in the country illegally is smaller but more diverse than elsewhere.

That means changes to U.S. immigration policy President Barack Obama announced Thursday night will affect more than just those who come from Latin American countries. That’s the dominant community in many other states.

The largest group of those in Michigan illegally comes from Mexico. But many also hail from India, Iraq and China.

Obama is expected to announce plans to shield as many as 5 million immigrants from deportation. The broadest action stemming from his executive authority could extend protections to parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents, as long as those parents have been in the country for five years.

Republicans plan to fight the actions.

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