50,000 Tennesseans Impacted by Program

Posted at 11:10 PM, Jan 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-20 00:10:32-05

The Supreme Court announced Tuesday it will review President Obama's controversial executive order that would keep millions of undocumented immigrants from being deported.

The case is focused around the implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), and create the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability program (DAPA), allowing nearly 5 million people in the United States to apply for a deferral from deportation and a three-year work permit.

While President Obama unveiled the plan in 2014, it's been on hold since 26 states, including Tennessee, filed a lawsuit claiming the executive order was unconstitutional.

The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) estimates the program would impact around 50,000 people statewide.

“It’s going to help people get work permits and drivers licenses and make our state a better and safer place,” said Eben Cathey, Advocacy Director for TIRRC.

Cathey added, “Finally immigrant families get their day in court.  We’re confident DAPA will move forward and millions of families will no longer live in fear of separation.”

The Supreme Court will likely rule on the case in June.