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Local DACA Recipients React To Court Ruling That Program Is Unconstitutional

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Activists demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. last year as the court rejected the Trump administration's move to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Last week, a federal judge in Texas ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, is unconstitutional. For now that means new DACA applications will not be approved, but DACA renewals will still be processed. It was the latest blow to the program, which allows more than 600,000 immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children to receive work permits and protection against deportation. To find out how local DACA recipients are responding to the ruling, Valley Edition Host Kathleen Schock spoke to Jessica and Grisel, two sisters who asked to be identified only by their first names. Their childhood friend, Gelasio Rodriguez, also joined the conversation. He started by talking about his journey to the United States.

Kathleen Schock is the host of Valley Edition. In the show, Kathleen and the Valley Public Radio news team explore issues that matter to the residents of Central California through engaging conversations and in-depth reporting.
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