The Latino blogosphere is abuzz about the case of Eric Balderas, a DREAM Act student who was detained last week after attempting to board a plane from San Antonio to Boston. He currently attends Harvard and just finished his first year.
Balderas has lived in the US since he was four years old. His mother left Mexico fleeing from domestic violence taking Eric with her. Having grown up here in the US and been raised speaking English, he really doesn’t have any memories of his homeland and doesn’t even speak Spanish very well.
I, along with Seneca, have blogged about the DREAM Act and why it is so important for youth who have no say in how they arrive here in our country. Every year some 65,000 undocumented youth graduate from high school to find themselves scrambling for resources to attend college or pursue a course of training that would allow them to lead productive lives as young adults. That so many of these students persist despite the odds and disadvantages of their immigration status is remarkable. And Eric Balderas is a perfect example of that. The Harvard Crimson put out this video on Monday:
If you would like to show support for Eric, whose goal of becoming a cancer researcher, is being curtailed by our inequitable and inefficient immigration system, please take action here. Or alternatively, take action here and make some phone calls on behalf of the DREAMers.
Also, worth listening to is the commencement speech by the newly graduated Flavia de la Fuente, a DREAM Activist from Irvine, California, who addressed the struggles of her undocumented peers just this past weekend (hat tip to Gustavo Arellano for sharing this great speech and literally sharing the stage with his fellow Bruin and activist). She articulately explains why students like Eric need the DREAM Act.
Eric has received deferred action on his deportation. You can read about it here.