The college bill attracted renewed interest this week because of Juan Sebastian Gomez, a student who just graduated with honors from
The friends pointed to Mr. Gomez’s academic record — a near-perfect 3.96 grade-point average — and top scores on 11 Advanced Placement exams. They said he should not be punished for his illegal status because his parents brought him to the
“We call it the Nightmare Act,” said Representative Brian P. Bilbray, a Republican from
...and what message are you sending, brian?
it matters who you are and not what you are...? just how far back in brian bilbray's family tree can he go without finding an immigrant?
i presume this republican and his like-minded brethren were not born native american indian.
Mr. Gomez’s case has given
An affable teenager who attracted friends at Killian High by tutoring classmates in subjects as diverse as European history and biochemistry, Mr. Gomez seemed likely to be an exceptional college candidate. A volunteer at a neighborhood homeless shelter, he often did his schoolwork on the computers of friends because his parents could not afford one.
Barbara Gonzalez, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said Mr. Gomez’s parents applied for legal status but were denied in 2002. They have been facing deportation orders since then.
The family was arrested as part of a nationwide immigration agency operation to track down immigrants scheduled for deportation, agency officials said.