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Local immigrant rights advocates travel to DC for Supreme Court arguments

Apr 18, 2016

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The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments today on President Obama's executive actions on immigration.

The case could affect thousands of immigrants in Michigan. And some immigrant rights activists made the trip to Washington to make sure their voices are heard.

"Sometimes we just stand on the sidelines,” said Jacqueline Lopez, a student at Grand Rapids Community College, as she was about to board a DC-bound bus. “And this is just a way to be out there and stand with our community."

Obama's executive orders shielded millions of people in the U.S. illegally, who don’t have criminal records and who have kids who are U.S. citizens, from deportation.

Critics of the president's actions will argue that he exceeded his authority.

Dennis Martinez also attends GRCC. He says he has friends who will be affected by the ruling.

“I'm hoping to show that the Hispanic community is impacting the United States in a way that we do care and we understand that this affects us,” he said. “And we just hope that people realize that we're affected, and it should affect them too.”

The immigrant rights group Michigan United organized buses to travel to D.C. to demonstrate. One organizer in Grand Rapids estimated about 150 people from Michigan were making the trip.