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Berkshire Immigrant Center Head On Supreme Court’s DACA Decision

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Josh Landes
The Berkshire Immigrant Center's offices in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts

By a 5-4 margin, the Supreme Court has blocked an effort from the Trump administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The program was created by the Obama administration in 2012, and allows some immigrants who entered the country as children – regardless of the legality of their immigration – to remain in the country without threat of deportation for a renewable two-year period. It also makes them eligible for work permits in the United States. WAMC spoke with Berkshire Immigrant Center Executive Director Michelle Lopez about the program and today’s ruling.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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