CHICAGO (CBS) — As one of those who encouraged President Barack Obama to use his executive authority to shield millions of immigrants from deportation, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin was hoping the Supreme Court would uphold the president’s initiative.
The high court has agreed to review the president’s executive action on immigration from 2014, which has since been tied up in court, after 26 states – mainly with Republican governors – challenged the legality of the maneuver.READ MORE: 'We Get Spit On. We Get Things Thrown At Us': A Look At CPD's Rising Retirement Numbers
A federal judge has blocked the president’s executive orders from taking effect, ruling the states have standing to challenge the plan, but has not ruled on the constitutionality of the president’s actions. A federal appeals court upheld the injunction, prompting the Obama administration to appeal directly to the Supreme Court for an immediate review on the constitutionality of the plans.
The president’s orders would allow about 5 million immigrants now in the U.S. illegally to stay by applying for a three-year work permit. They also must pass a background check; register with the federal government; submit fingerprints, iris scans, and photographs; pay a fee; and show their children were born before the date of the president’s order.