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Local Dreamers, Immigration Law Experts Respond To Supreme Court’s DACA Ruling

Raymond Partolan and Marisol Estrada join “Closer Look” to reflect on their journey to the United States as immigrants and their reaction to the Supreme Court's ruling on DACA.
Raymond Partolan and Marisol Estrada join “Closer Look” to reflect on their journey to the United States as immigrants and their reaction to the Supreme Court's ruling on DACA.
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It was a day Dreamers across the country had been awaiting.

On Thursday, the United States Supreme court ruled to extend the life of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — also known as DACA.

DACA  currently protects more than 650,000 “Dreamers,” those brought to the United States as children, from deportation.

In a 5-4 decision, the court’s majority ruled the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to rescind DACA was “arbitrary and capricious.”

Marisol Estrada was in the car when she heard the news.

“So I had to read it three times in order for me to understand exactly what it meant,” she told “Closer Look” host Rose Scott. “And, I asked Raymond, ‘Did we win? Is this real?’ Because it’s not what we were expecting. We prepared for the worst. My palms were sweaty, and I definitely was in disbelief.”

Marisol and her boyfriend, Raymond Partolan, who are both Dreamers, joined “Closer Look” on Friday’s special edition of the program to share their reaction to the ruling.

Then, immigration lawyer Sarah Owings and Georgia House Representative Brenda Lopez Romero provided their analysis of the decision and discussed what this decision means for the future of immigration policy.

Guests:

To hear the full conversation, click on the audio player above.