The impact of an executive order on immigration issued by President Barack Obama on the horse industry remains unclear, the American Horse Council (AHC) said Nov. 21.

A day earlier, Obama announced a series of immigration executive actions relating to border security, deportation proceedings, and undocumented immigrants, including action to defer deportation for certain individuals that in effect provides them with temporary legal status and the ability to work legally.

The AHC, in a statement, said it is "very likely that there are workers in the horse industry who meet these requirements and will benefit from the president's actions.

"Certainly there are experienced workers in the horse industry who lack proper immigration status and do not have valid residency documents. It is impossible at this point to tell how many and whether they would continue to work in the horse industry once provided general work authorization."

In his comments, Obama said he would direct the United States Department of Homeland Security to create a deferred action program for people who are parents of U.S. citizens or lawful, permanent residents and have lived in the United States for five years or longer, if they register, pass a background check, and pay taxes.

They would have the opportunity to request temporary relief from deportation and work authorization for three years at a time if they come forward and register, submit biometric data, pass background checks, pay fees, and show that their child was born before the date of the president's announcement.

Under the order, those who were brought to the United States as child