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US v. Texas: Immigrant advocates hold hope as immigration hearings begin before the Supreme Court




As the Supreme Court begins hearings on President Obama's executive order on immigration, advocates are hoping the justices will rule on the side of granting reprieve from deportation for millions more undocumented people living in the US.
As the Supreme Court begins hearings on President Obama's executive order on immigration, advocates are hoping the justices will rule on the side of granting reprieve from deportation for millions more undocumented people living in the US.
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As oral arguments for President Obama's executive order on immigration  are heard before the Supreme Court today, millions of people living in the US undocumented are holding on to hope that the justices will rule to uphold the president's actions.

Giselle Gasca is a senior at Fresno State and a community organizer for Mi Familia Vota, a Latino advocacy group. She  arrived in the US with her parents at age 10, and was shielded from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in 2012.

Her parents however, are living in the US undocumented, but would be eligible for deferment under DAPA -- Defered Action for Parents of Americans -- and that is what's being challenged in the Supreme Court.

Gasca spoke to A Martinez about how her life and the lives of her parents could dramatically change, depending on the court's decision. 

According to Gasca, her parents live in fear just as she did before she was a DACA beneficiary. Gasca says: 

“It’s kinda like being in this big prison where you can’t really do very much, but you’re just doing enough to get through and survive.”