Supreme Court DACA Decision Is 'Big Win But Not The End,' Recipients Say

Thursday, June 18th 2020, 5:15 pm
By: Cal Day

TULSA, Okla. -

A Tulsa DACA recipient called today’s Supreme Court ruling a small victory, but said there is still a lot of work to do.

Amairani Perez works in an executive role at Tulsa’s Dream Alliance center. She and many others have been waiting on the highest court’s decision. “We’ve been waiting. We were supposed to get an answer in June and we just got it today so it’s great to know that it went well,” said Perez. “We were expecting it to be overturned, especially with the make up of the Supreme Court right now.”

Lorena Rivas is a Tulsa immigration attorney and interacts daily with DACA recipients. “It was a surprise but the way the decision came down is very logical. It’s the safe way to issue a decision,” said Rivas.

Perez and Rivas both agree there is still work to be done.

“This is a big win for us but it’s not the end. Our plan is to move towards legislation that will provide a pathway towards citizenship for so much of the undocumented community,” said Perez.