MIAMI, FL - Dian Alarcon, originally from Colombia, stands with others to protest a Texas court's preliminary injunction on Obama's action on immigration. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Congressional Democrats will file an amicus brief on Tuesday before the U.S. Supreme Court to defend President Obama's immigration executive actions, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced.
Obama's actions, which aim to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from being deported, "fall well within the legal and Constitutional precedents set by every Democratic and Republican president since Eisenhower,” the California and Nevada Democrats said in a joint statement. "In fact, in the absence of Congressional action, Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush themselves took bold action to protect the spouses and children of people who received status under the IRCA of 1986."