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San Diego Dreamers Celebrate Supreme Court Ruling On DACA

Irving Hernandez at his SDSU graduation ceremony in May 2017 and immigration ...

Above: Irving Hernandez at his SDSU graduation ceremony in May 2017 and immigration attorney Dulce Garcia in a separate undated photo.

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An estimated 40,000 DACA eligible immigrants live in San Diego County.

Aired: June 18, 2020 | Transcript

Young immigrants across San Diego County are breathing a sigh of relief after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday against the Trump administration in its attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

DACA protects 650,000 immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation.

But DACA recipients are still worried about what their future holds since the high court left an opening for the Trump administration to find a new way to end the program.

RELATED: Justices Reject End To Protections For Young Immigrants

Advocacy groups say about 40,000 DACA-eligible immigrants live in San Diego County.

Midday Edition checked in with Dulce Garcia and Irving Hernandez, two San Diego-area DACA recipients about what the decision means to them. Michelle Celleri, Human Rights Counsel for Alliance San Diego, a social-justice nonprofit, also joined the conversation to discuss the future of DACA.

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