Senate Democratic leaders announced their full support of President Obama’s planned executive orders on immigration reform.

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“Immigrant communities have waited too long for House Republicans to catch up with the American public’s support for comprehensive immigration reform,” the letter stated. “We strongly support your plan to improve as much of the immigration system as you can within your legal authority.”

The administration has said that it plans to issue an executive order by the end of the year. It would give nearly 5 million immigrants worker visas.

“Deportation relief will help the economy, American workers, and employers by increasing payroll tax revenues by billions of dollars,” the senators wrote. “It will bring undocumented workers out of the underground economy, which undercuts wages and labor protections for Americans and gives unscrupulous employers an unfair competitive advantage.”

Some Republicans have threatened to shut down the government by blocking a spending bill unless it includes language that would hinder the president’s ability to issue executive orders on immigration. Others have suggested that the president could wait until after the spending bill passes next month but that it would hinder bipartisan efforts in the next Congress.

Last year, the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill that provided a pathway to citizenship, increased worker visas and strengthened border security, but Republican House leaders refused to take up the legislation.

“Because House Republicans have not acted, we fully support your decision to use your well-established executive authority to improve as much of the immigration system as you can,” the letter stated. “Some Republicans are claiming that you do not have the authority to act, but we know that you, like previous presidents, have broad executive authority to shape the enforcement and implementation of immigration laws.”