The Supreme Court heard one of the biggest cases on its docket this term – one whose outcome would affect millions of undocumented immigrants in the country.
The case, United States vs. Texas, concerns the constitutionality of two executive orders issued by President Obama in 2014. The executive actions would have expanded a program to allow undocumented Americans who came to the country as children get work permits and avoid deportation, and would have extended those rights to the undocumented parents of US citizens and permanent residents by establishing an additional program.
The justices will consider several questions, including whether Texas has the legal right to sue the government, and whether the President has the authority to create those programs.
Alvaro Huerta, a staff attorney at the National Immigration Law Center, which has filed an amicus brief on the case. He was inside the courthouse this morning for the oral argument
Ira Mehlman, Media Director at the Federation for American Immigration Reform