Monday, June 21, 2010

Harvard Student spared Deportation

Richard I. Fleischer, an immigration attorney in Cincinnati Ohio with more than 30 years of experience in the Immigration Law filed send this story of a Harvard student who really would benefit from passage of the Dream Act

An undocumented Harvard University student whose detention by immigration authorities has drawn wide attention is no longer facing deportation to Mexico, officials said.

Eric Balderas, 19, was detained nearly two weeks ago after he tried to use a university ID card to board a plane from San Antonio to Boston. The detention sparked a buzz among student immigrant activists, many of whom thought Balderas's case might help advance the proposed DREAM act -- a federal bill that would allow illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship through college enrollment or military service.

Mario Rodas, a friend of Balderas's, said Balderas was granted deferred action, which can be used to halt deportation based on a case's merits. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed that the agency had decided not to pursue the deportation.

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