Immigrants anxious as they await Supreme Court DACA decision

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Reyna Montoya stands outside her home Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Gilbert, Ariz. Every Monday, Montoya wakes up extra early and logs onto the Supreme Court's blog, hitting refresh over and over again to find out if it's ruled on the Obama-era program that shields her from deportation. (AP Photo/Matt York)

PHOENIX

PHOENIX (AP) — Reyna Montoya’s hands get sweaty and her throat feels like it’s closing just talking about the anxiety of every Monday this spring.

The immigrant rights activist who's shielded from deportation and allowed to legally work in the U.S. under an Obama-era program sets a 6 a.m. alarm so she’s alert when the latest Supreme Court decision may be posted online about an hour later.

Montoya, like 650,000 others enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, is waiting for the justices to release their decision on President Donald Trump’s attempt to end the protections. The high court heard arguments last fall and typically releases rulings on Mondays in the spring. But it's unclear exactly when an answer will come because the court sometimes issues decisions on other days as work wraps up for the summer.

“My gut hurts," said Montoya, 29, who is originally from Mexico but has grown up in the Phoenix area. “It’s this constant level of anxiety.”