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Dreamers Celebrate Supreme Court Ruling. What Will It Take To Create A Path To Citizenship?

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DACA recipients and supporters celebrate outside the Supreme Court on Thursday, June 18, 2020.

  On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing last week's Supreme Court decision to block the Trump Administration from ending DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court concluded that the Trump administration's attempt to end DACA was “arbitrary and capricious.” According to theMigration Policy Institute, around 650,000 people who were brought to the US as children have DACA status. Nearly 200,000 Dreamers live in California, more than any other state. Many Dreamers work in health-related fields and education. What does the Supreme Court's decision mean to them and how are they working for a path to citizenship?



Roberto G. Gonzales, professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, director of the Immigration Initiative at Harvard and author of the award-winning book Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America


Luis Cortes-Romero, immigration attorney and partner with the Immigrant Advocacy & Litigation Center


Adrián Escárate, DACA recipient based in the Bay Area


Web Resources: 

NBC News, Suzanne Gamboa and Nicole Acevedo: 'Over the moon!': DACA recipients celebrate Supreme Court decision

NPR Code Switch, Natalie Escobar: How DACA Has Transformed The Lives Of Dreamers — And Their Communities

The New Yorker, Jonathan Blitzer: What the Supreme Court’s Surprise Decision on DACA Means for Hundreds of Thousands of Dreamers

Medium, Joe Biden: My statement on the Supreme Court’s Decision in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California 

Pew Research: Americans broadly support legal status for immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children