PHOENIX (KSAZ) - The United States Supreme Court is taking on President Obama's Immigration Plan. A plan that defers deportations for millions of undocumented immigrants.
Many states including Arizona, say the executive order is unconstitutional.
The order gives relief to two groups: undocumented immigrants with citizen children and young people brought to the country illegally as children. Combined that is 200,000 people in Arizona.
It has been an emotional day for families in legal limbo, their fate in the country is now in the hands of the Supreme Court Justices.
"I've lived in the US for 16 years," said Jesus.
He's among 4 million parents living in the United States that would be shielded from deportation under the Presidents order on immigration because his three children are United States citizens.
Arizona is one of 28 states challenging the action. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said, "we hope that the Supreme Court takes this opportunity to decide whether the President exceeded his constitutional authority by bypassing Congress, and unilaterally rewriting our immigration laws."
"We've got a lot of confidence in the legal arguments we'll be making before the court. The kinds of executive actions the president took a little over a year ago now to try and bring some much-needed reforms and greater accountability to our broken immigration system were clearly consistent with the precedent established by other presidents and clearly within the confines of his authority as president of the United States," said an attorney fighting the challenge.
Texas is leading the charge against the President's order, by saying it was a burden on states that have to issue benefits to participants. Benefits that include driver's licenses. Jesus is hoping the court upholds the President's plan so he can work and drive legally.
The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the case in Summer of 2016. If the court allows the executive action, it will go into effect before he leaves office.