U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says 107,000 people currently live in Texas who were brought to the United States through DACA.
On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to reject the Trump Administration's plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
"A lot of us were thinking the Supreme Court was going to rule against DACA," says Rene Martinez with the League of United Latin American Citizens. "It is a bit of a surprise."
USCIS says Texas trails only California in the number of DACA recipients. California has 184,880; Texas has 107,020. Illinois is third with 34,150.
Los Angeles has the most recipients in the country with 81,000; New York City and Newark, NJ have the second most with 42,000.
Dallas/Fort Worth has the third most recipients of any region of the country with 34,980. Houston is fourth with 32,790.
"Teachers, nurses, lawyers, people who are already out there with jobs are going to be able to live without fear," Martinez says. "It's going to, hopefully, allow those young people to thrive and ultimately, some day, become citizens. It's a great decision."
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says he will continue his challenge of former President Barack Obama's original order.
“We are disappointed with today’s SCOTUS decision, but it does not resolve the underlying issue that President Obama’s original executive order exceeded his constitutional authority. We look forward to continuing litigating that issue in our case now pending in the Southern District of Texas,” Paxton wrote in a statement.
Martinez says he hopes the ruling Thursday will prevent any new challenges and lead to additional action by Congress after the election this November.