The US Supreme Court has rejected President Trump’s effort to end legal protections for thousands of young, undocumented immigrants. The court's ruling impacts many people here in the region.

Finding out that the court temporarily halted the dismantling of the DACA program was the news that West Chester University student Mitzi Colin-Lopez has been waiting for.

"This is a huge step for the immigrant community," Colin-Lopez said.

She is what some refer to as a "Dreamer" under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program, or DACA. She was able to become a documented immigrant. Some of her family members are not so fortunate. They weren't able to meet the deadline and weren't eligible before President Trump rescinded the program, meaning they could be deported, which would have broken up her family. 

"It really hurts because I know there's a lot of people in my situation where this is the only country they know and they don't have that protection," Colin-Lopez said.

With this ruling, she hopes other immigrants will be able to enjoy the freedoms she has under the program.

"With DACA I have been able to go to college... I've been able to legally work... I now legally have my drivers license... I don't have to live so much in the shadows," Colin-Lopez said.

She knows her fight is far from over and she fears the Trump administration will find another way to end the program.

"We just have to keep pushing because I know there are so many others that don't have protections, so we just have to keep this momentum going," Colin-Lopez said.

Because she says the DACA program changed her life for the better.

"I can really see myself pursuing my dreams now that I have a stable life here,"Colin-Lopez said.

As for her dreams? Colin-Lopez said she is a political science major and hopes to become an immigration attorney.

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