149,000

March 26, 2015 | Number of The Day
Number of NJ undocumented immigrants who would be affected if President Barack Obama’s deferred-action program is thrown out by the courts

Gov. Chris Christie filed a “friends of the court” brief supporting Republican governors in Texas, Louisiana, and South Dakota asking a federal district court to put a halt to implementing President Barack Obama’s deferred-action program, which will prevent undocumented children who grew up in the U.S. and parents of U.S. citizens from being deported.

The program, which would allow these people to obtain work permits, driver’s licenses, and attend college, also requires them to pay taxes. The deferred-action program impacts 149,000 New Jerseyans, according to the Migration Policy Institute.