TAMPA (FOX 13) - Dozens of demonstrators from Florida rode sixteen hours to Washington, D.C. to chanted in Spanish outside the U.S. Supreme Court, "Supreme Court, listen, we are in this fight together."
Ana Lamb, of Tampa, has family all over the country who will either be spared by President Obama's 2014 executive order and allowed to stay in the U.S., because they are the parents of citizens, or face the prospect of deportation.
"It will be so hard not to have family here," she said. "It is so sad to be separated from your family."
The president already decreed in 2012 that children who entered the U.S. before 2007 could get work permits and they would be temporarily spared from deportation.
The orders impact up to 4 million people.
"When you are an immigrant without documents, you don't know what is going to happen," said Lamb.
On Monday, the group from Florida, a state with 900,000 undocumented immigrants, joined others from around the country, at the Supreme Court.
"They are the next generation of Americans who are going to make this country proud," said U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, a democrat from Texas.
Texas and 25 other states, all with Republican governors, sued to block the president, saying the orders place an undue financial hardship on the states.
Their lawyers tried to convince the justices.
"To make changes in the law without congressional approval, then we will end up with a perverted constitution," said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
During arguments, the Supreme Court seemed split 4-4, whichi is bad news for advocates of undocumented immigrants.
A tie would effectively uphold a lower court ruling that already sided with the states that filed suit.
"A lot of our lawyers there, they were very optimistic," said Lamb. "That means there is hope."
The decision in this case will likely be announced in June.
The fate of some of President Obama's legacy is at stake, along with the fate of millions of people.
There is also a chance that a future president could reverse the orders anyway, meaning even if the Supreme Court backs up the president, this fight won't be over.