On Thursday, the Supreme Court voted down an attempt by the Trump administration to put an immediate end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program provides important protections to undocumented Dreamers who traveled to the U.S. at a young age and have lived in the United States most of their lives. State Senator Eddie Melton (D-Gary) released the following statement in response to the 5-4 ruling:

“This is amazing news for our nation and a relief to DACA recipients all over the country who have built their lives in the U.S.,” Sen. Melton said. “In my district and throughout Indiana, we welcome our robust and fast-growing Latino and Hispanic population. Every day, our communities are made better by the Dreamers who are working, learning and contributing in this country.

“I applaud the Supreme Court for upholding these critical protections. I applaud that Dreamers will continue to have access to resources that help them work and live in the states without the fear of being sent from the only home they know. The fight isn’t over yet, but for the moment, DACA recipients can find some relief knowing that they are free to continue working hard and dreaming big.”