Written by Lucero Benitez, COSS Communications Specialist

Gaby Encinas was just as surprised as she was ecstatic when she learned of the Supreme Court’s June 18 ruling that the Trump administration could not immediately end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The program, established in 2012 under President Barack Obama, protects undocumented immigrants (Dreamers), who were brought to the U.S. by their parents as children, from deportation, and allows them to work legally in the U.S.

The ruling was surprising to many, including Encinas, Fresno State’s Dream Success Center coordinator, who had braced for the worst.

“I saw the announcement, and I was very surprised because we were not expecting that ruling. So the minute I saw it, I started contacting the attorneys we work with to make sure I was reading it correctly,” Encinas said.

The ruling affects an estimated 600 students at Fresno State who visit the center to receive counseling and academic advising.

“We may not have won the war, but we’ve won a battle so we should be celebrating that we’ve won a portion of it,” said Maria Zamora, a Dreamer studying criminology.

Zamora said the possibility of DACA ending was frightening and confusing to her. She relies on the Dream Success Center for information, and she said knowing Fresno State has a significant number of Dreamers who have services available to them gives her hope that she will be able to obtain her degree and work in the community.

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