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Friday, June 19, 2020   

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- New Mexico Dreamers are celebrating a Supreme Court decision that will allow them to live without uncertainty and fear at least temporarily.

The nation's high court on Thursday rejected President Donald Trump's effort to end legal protections for those enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program.

Flaviano Graciano, communications director for the advocacy group New Mexico Dream Team, says the timing of the decision amid the coronavirus pandemic means essential medical workers who also are DACA recipients can continue their work without fear of deportation. He says it's a cause for celebration, but requires watchful vigilance.

"First, that the administration respects the decision, and secondly, that we find a permanent solution for the millions of undocumented immigrant youths living in this country," Graciano states.

When enrolled, the Obama-era DACA program gives young adults who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children the legal ability to live and work without fear of deportation.

Immigration, however, became a lightning rod during Trump's presidential campaign and less than eight months after taking office, he announced he would end DACA.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham called the Supreme Court's ruling on Thursday "long overdue," noting the protection of DACA recipients is critical to individual safety and the future of the state.

James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, says the congressional impasse over a comprehensive immigration bill left approximately 6,000 New Mexico DACA recipients in limbo.

"The main reason we have DACA is because of the failure of the Congress to be able to pass meaningful immigration reform, which is really putting families in a very challenging, very harmful position," he states.

A poll conducted by the Pew Research Center earlier this month showed that 74% of 10,000 people surveyed favor a law that would give Dreamers permanent legal status in the U.S.


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