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SWFL DACA recipient reacts to SCOTUS ruling

Posted at 9:42 PM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 22:54:26-04

CAPE CORAL, FLA — Tonight, FGCU's Assistant cross country coach, Argeo Cruz, is breathing a small sigh of relief.

"I mean it definitely gives me hope," he said.

It comes after a historic ruling on DACA, the deferred action for childhood arrivals, from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Immigration lawyer, Pablo Hurtado, says the ruling protects hundreds of thousands of people.

"There was going to be 700,000 people that was going to lose their employment authorization, lose their ability to work legally in the united states, to be present in the united states lawfully," he said.

The 5-4 decision blocked a move by the Trump administration to end DACA, a program that helps immigrants brought to the U.S. As children stay here legally.

It's a program that Cruz says he's grateful for.

"I was always living in fear of getting deported at anytime," he said.

Though he says the feeling of relief is also short lived.

"I mean you know at anytime they can stop it," Cruz said.

And according to Hurtado, he's not entirely wrong.

Today's SCOTUS decision doesn't actually protect DACA for good, it just says that the way in which the Trump administration was trying to end it, was illegal.

"And it really it outlines the procedure that the department of homeland security, the Trump administration has to go through to end the program. So they're letting them know white house know you can do it, you just have to follow the regulations," said Hurtado.

Armed with that knowledge, Hurtado says its now a waiting game to see what the president will do.

"Is the department of homeland security, the trump administration gonna push forward and go through the proper procedure before the November election?" he said.

Questions like these, are why Cruz is hoping congress can put together a long term solution for dreamers like him.

"It's not the end result, I feel like we deserve something that's permanent, so that we can stop living in fear and wondering what is going to happen the next day with us," he said.