DACA Decision: Check-In With Miriam Gonzalez

Updated: 2020-06-19 22:31:03
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Miriam Gonzalez, shortly after the Supreme Court ruled that DACA could remain in place.

Miriam Gonzalez, shortly after the Supreme Court ruled that DACA could remain in place.

When the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that DACA could remain in place, recipient Miriam Gonzalez was relieved. When she read the decision at 7 a.m. at her home in Los Angeles, she woke up her sisters with the news: "We won!"

As a plaintiff in that case, Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, she's been fighting to keep the program alive since September 2017, when the Trump administration tried to end it. We've been checking in with her and her family on the podcast for the past few years. She, her parents and siblings are some of the estimated 16.7 million people living in mixed-status households; her parents and one of her sisters are completely undocumented.

On this bonus episode, we hear from Miriam about how she's feeling about the decision. And we also hear from Harvard Prof. Roberto G. Gonzales, who has surveyed almost 2,700 DACA recipients since the program began, about how it's made a significant impact on hundreds of thousands of undocumented young adults' lives.

You can listen to this episode wherever you get your podcasts, including NPR One, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts and RSS.

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