Cirenio Cervantes can take a breath now, knowing he’ll be able to keep working toward his dream — apply to a medical school, become a doctor and work in low-income communities.
Cervantes and immigrants who share his status as so-called “dreamers” had been targeted by President Donald Trump for deportation. On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration’s efforts to end the legal protections they receive under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or DACA.
Cervantes, 26, of Mulberry, came with his parents from the Mexican state of Guerrero when he was 7. He was accepted into the deferred action program in 2013, using his legal status to study for two years at Hillsborough Community College and for two years at the University of South Florida.