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Roundtable: The DACA Decision

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students gather in front of the...

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Above: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students gather in front of the Supreme Court on Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Washington.

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The U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of DACA recipients, COVID-19 cases surge in Imperial County, and how the Black Lives Matter movement is playing out on social media.

Aired: June 19, 2020 | Transcript

Roundtable: The DACA Decision


Andrea Lopez-Villafaña, reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Max Rivlin-Nadler, reporter, KPBS News

Gustavo Solis, reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune

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Efforts by the Trump administration to rescind protections for young immigrants covered by the Obama-era DACA program were rejected this week by the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling maintains the status quo for people who were brought to U.S. as minors without going through the proper immigration process. Justices ruled that the Trump administration's process was flawed. KPBS reporter Max Rivlin-Nadler explains how their reasoning could open the door for new attempts to weaken the program as President Trump runs for reelection.

RELATED: San Diego Dreamers Celebrate Supreme Court Ruling On DACA

Southern California's COVID-19 Hot Zone

Imperial County, the sparsely populated collection of desert communities near the Arizona and Mexico borders, is trying to cope with a recent spike in COVID-19 cases. Many patients have to be moved to larger cities due to the region's limited health care resources. San Diego Union-Tribune reporter Gustavo Solis has a lengthy look at the situation east of San Diego and how local leaders are balancing the public health crisis with growing calls to reopen the economy.

RELATED: What’s Behind A COVID-19 Spike In Imperial County

Black Lives Matter on Next Door

The debate over recent protests of police brutality spilled over into the Nextdoor social media app for San Diego's Del Cerro neighborhood. Moderators removed and later re-posted content relating to the George Floyd killing. The San Diego Union-Tribune's Andrea Lopez-Villafaña explains what happened, and how some offline interactions helped bring members of the community a better sense of understanding.

RELATED: Records Show Racial Disparities When San Diego Law Enforcement Uses Force

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