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Madison DACA recipient reacts to Supreme Court decision

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MADISON(WKOW) -- After months of uncertainty as the supreme court deliberated what the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program's future would be, Erika Rosales was afraid for her future.

"Honestly with everything that has been going on politically especially with immigration I had absolutely no hopes for this," Rosales said.

She says the Supreme Court's decision Thursday changed all of that.

"I thought that I was going to jump for joy, but all I could do was just cry in a sense of relief," Rosales said.

Rosales came from Mexico 25 years ago and has lived in Madison ever since.

She has been a DACA recipient since 2013, one of nearly 7,000 in Wisconsin.

Rosales now has a Masters degree from UW-Milwaukee and works at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research.

She says that DACA comes with plenty of limitations, but the protections and doors it opens have been life-changing.

"For me to be able to have a job and to be able to have the means to go to school, that's so much for me," Rosales said. "It's not the full span of my wings but it does give me some flight."

While Rosales says the Supreme Court's decision is a good step forward, she fully expects the Trump administration to try and shut DACA down again.

She's hoping congress can pass legislation pushing for a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

"People have more power than sometimes what they believe, calling members of congress, calling their senators, calling and just keeping on pushing on and letting people know what this means for the country," Rosales said.

Rosales says that with this decision, more people can apply to be a DACA recipient and there are multiple community resources available to help people do that.

She says she hopes people in the community take advantage of the new opportunity.

Francisco Almenara

Reporter, WKOW

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