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#BBCtrending: The minute after Obama announced his immigration plan

It took Barack Obama about 15 minutes to explain his immigration plan that will allow millions of immigrants living in United State to apply for work permits.

It is estimated that four million immigrants will benefit from Obama's reform package, forced through using executive orders. A decision made after a year-and-a-half of failed negotiations with Republicans. "What I'm describing is accountability - a common-sense, middle-ground approach," he said.

The US president's announcement had been widely publicised in advance and people gathered outside the White House to listen to what is considered to be a major shake-up.

Right after Mr Obama's address, thousands of people went on social media to express their thoughts. Here's what happened in the first 60 seconds.

Video journalist: Greg Brosnan.

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  • 21 Nov 2014
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