DACA Recipient Wins Race Against Time, Secures Permission To Represent Home Country At Olympics

DACA recipient Luis Grijalva crossed the finish line and placed second at the NCAA track and field championship last month, beating a national record in his home country Guatemala.

His win bought him a ticket to the Tokyo Olympics but it seemed not nearly enough time to request special permission to travel outside the country.

However, dreams came true for the DREAMer on Monday after United States Citizenship and Immigration Services granted him his request just two days before his deadline.

Grijalva and his immigration attorney Jessica Smith Bobadilla join host Celeste Headlee to tell his story.

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