Court could decide fate of 1.58 million undocumented immigrants in AR, LA and TX

(KSLA) - The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Jan. 19 to review President Obama's immigration proposal.

The justices' decision could decide the fate of undocumented immigrants totaling an estimated 1.65 million in Texas, 60,000 in Arkansas and 55,000 in Louisiana, not to mention up to 3.4 million more elsewhere in the nation.

Obama's plan would shield up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from being deported.

His executive action was announced more than a year ago but was blocked in a lower court after facing lawsuits from Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and 23 other states.

Nationwide, the number of undocumented immigrants has declined in recent years because of the state of the U.S. economy, stepped-up enforcement of border security and workplace immigration laws.

Changes in estimates of undocumented immigrants from 2009-12 in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas were statistically insignificant. From 2012 to 2015, estimated populations of undocumented immigrants rose from 55,000 to 60,000 in Louisiana and fell from 1.65 million to 1.464 million in Texas and from 60,000 to 54,000 in Arkansas.

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