Photo: Another DREAM Acter Facing Deportation, Detained En Route to His Christian College Classes
Eighteen year-old David Morales dreams to pursue a college education to become a Christian pastor have been put on hold indefinitely as he faces deportation after being detained en route to starting college.
Morales came to the U.S. at the age of 9 from Mexico with his parents, who were seeking a better life. He graduated from high school last year in Salt Lake City, Utah where he was the keynote speaker at graduation. He saved enough to go to college and was en route to bible college in Louisiana via a Greyhound bus when it was stopped for a routine check two weeks ago.
Morales, who was just 45 minutes away from his final destination, knew the outcome of the routine stop by immigration officials would not be good. They asked all passengers if they were U.S. citizens, Morales was honest and told them he was not.
He was arrested, spent 17 days in jail before his family could afford the $4,000 bond and awaits a deportation hearing in Louisiana on February 23rd.
Morales is another DREAM Act case that highlights the need for some form of immigration reform that will address the plight of students like him. The DREAM Act legislation was voted down during the lame duck session of Congress and is not slated to be voted on again anytime soon.