Emmanuel Diaz was shocked when he saw the news flash onto his cell phone screen.
A text from a friend told him the Supreme Court decision he'd been waiting to hear for months had finally come in. Justices had blocked the Trump administration's attempt to end the program that protects him and hundreds of thousands of other so-called Dreamers from deportation.
And Diaz couldn't believe it.
The 25-year-old in Savannah, Georgia, responded with an emoji of a brain exploding.
"My mind was blown when I found out," he said. "It's a giant relief."
Across the country, the young undocumented immigrants protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program are reacting to the news with a mix of emotions — relishing their legal victory, but also bracing themselves for the possibility that officials could find a new way to put the Obama-era program back on the chopping block.
"We're not in the clear yet," said Leezia Dhalla, a DACA recipient and press director for the FWD.us advocacy group. "The Trump administration can still try to terminate the DACA program. Are they going to do that in an election year? That's a big question."
Here's what several DACA recipients told CNN about how they're feeling and what's next:
He says a lot of major life decisions are still on hold
Angel Oaxaca-Rivas, an admissions counselor in Denver, Colorado, described Thursday's news as a relief.
The 25-year-old said many things in his life have been in limbo since the Trump administration's 2017 announcement that it was ending the program.
"If my life is on a rotating two-year basis, I can't commit to so many things," he said.
"That's where there's relief, in the sense that I feel like there's going to have to be due process if anything is to change," Oaxaca-Rivas said. "That in and of itself makes me feel safer."
But Oaxaca-Rivas said some of the major life decisions he's been putting off — like buying a house and pursuing a master's degree — will have to remain on hold until the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
"We'll figure that out come November," he said.
She's celebrating, and ready to keep fighting
Dhalla, 30, described the Supreme Court ruling as an important step.
"This is a victory that has truly changed my life. ... There's so much more work that needs to be done. But today is a victory," Dhalla said. "I'm going to take today as a day of celebration."
Dhalla, who came to the United States from Canada when she was 6 years old and grew up in San Antonio, Texas, said she plans to keep pushing for Congress to take action.
"I came to the US a quarter century ago," she said. "I never imagined I would still be fighting for the opportunity to become an American citizen 25 years later."
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