On Thursday, the Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration’s attempt to end legal protections for DACA recipients in a 5-4 ruling. State Senator David Niezgodski (D-South Bend) praised this ruling as a positive step to recognizing that immigrants have always had a place in this country. Sen. Niezgodski has been heavily involved in Hispanic outreach and legislation during his time in the legislature. In conjunction with the Indiana Senate Latino Roundtable, Sen. Niezgodski has authored and advocated for legislation to support services for undocumented Hoosiers, including easy access to driving cards.

“This is gigantic news not only for the country, but especially for our community right here in St. Joseph County,” Sen. Niezgodski said. “We’re lucky to have a vibrant and supportive Hispanic community in this county, and I’ve been honored to work with great community organizations such as La Casa de Amistad. We couldn’t be successful without having a culturally diverse community, and that most definitely includes our DACA Dreamers. It’s important to know that Dreamers from South Bend or those who attend Notre Dame are just as much a part of our state as any other Hoosier. I’m very grateful that the Supreme Court made the correct decision today. Dreamers can be reassured knowing that, for now, they are free to continue to live, work and learn as Americans and as Hoosiers.”