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South Bay Students Attend Supreme Court Hearing on Immigration in Washington D.C.

On Monday, it was high stakes inside the Supreme Court.

The justices heard oral arguments on the president's executive action on immigration.

Twenty-six states say President Barack Obama overstepped his authority when he issued his executive action — known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) — that would prevent deportation of thousands of undocumented mothers, fathers, and students.

At Guadalupe Church, they prayed for the four students from the South Bay who made it to the Supreme Court to get a first hand look at Monday’s critical oral arguments.

While thousands of people rallied outside the Supreme Court, Nicandro Mendoza was inside.

He’s a senior from San Jose’s Branham High School and felt he needed to witness Monday’s hearing in person.

“It was pretty amazing — camping out all night at the Supreme Court,” said Mendoza, whose entire family is undocumented, meaning the court’s decision could have a very direct impact on them.

Jasmine Cruz is also in Washington, DC with the San Jose group Siren.

Cruz’s mother is undocumented and rallying in San Jose.

Grisleda Perez, who is undocumented, says she’s always living in fear of being separated from her family, a fear that never goes away.

At the San Jose rally, the speakers did not hold back when talking about those challenging the president’s immigration plan.

“We make no compromise with those people. Hate is hate, Bigotry is bigotry. You can’t dress up a pig in a tuxedo and put him in front of a teleprompter and tell me it still isn’t a pig,” said Father Jon Pedigo of the Guadalupe Parish.

One of those challenging the president’s executive action is the House speaker.

He said only Congress has the constitutional authority to create law, and for that reason, he says the justices should side with the 26 states and overturn that executive action.

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