OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On Thursday, the United States Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration's plan to end DACA. Following that decision, we decided to see what it means to a member of the local Latino community who is a DACA recipient and also local lawmakers.
A pediatric nurse we talked to says she is relieved to see the Supreme Court ruled in favor of dreamers.
“I’ve been crying all morning,” said Dania Cervantes-Ayala. “I feel like I can finally breathe for the first time in a couple of months and for the first time in a couple of days.”
Cervantes-Ayala grew up in Omaha and attended high school here.
Area lawmakers also reacted to the Supreme Court's decision. Iowa Congresswoman Cindy Axne tweeted:
Such incredible news to start the day with! Thank you to the Organizers who fought for years to make this a reality. Now it's time to grant Dreamers a pathway to citizenship as well. https://t.co/cJYCKLlIf1— Cindy Axne (@Axne4Congress) June 18, 2020
Congressman Don Bacon also sent out a tweet, saying:
"This decision once again shows that Congress must find a compromise on DACA, immigration and border security. The mindset of “my way or the highway” is failing us in Congress." Read my full statement here: https://t.co/leJZwJ1vU0— Rep. Don Bacon (@RepDonBacon) June 18, 2020
Bacon’s challenger, Kara Eastman, also chimed in:
The Supreme Court decision affects young people who came to the U.S. as children and are currently able to remain here under the Obama-era program. DACA has been LIFE-CHANGING removing the looming threat of deportation.— Kara Eastman (@karaforcongress) June 18, 2020
This is an important day for justice. pic.twitter.com/U81uebVrBY