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Harvard Student Falls Foul of Immigration Law Trying to Save Mother’s Life

Having been born in Mexico, Dario Guerrero was brought by his parents from Mexico City to California when he was just two years old. Once there, they all overstayed tourist visas but nonetheless he was an excellent student and even earned a scholarship to a John Hopkins University summer school program when he was just 13. However, luckily for him, a 2012 administration order from President Obama gave him a reprieve from the threat of deportation along with hundreds of thousands of other young undocumented immigrants. Now, aged 21, he was studying film studies at Harvard University when he mother became very ill with cancer and was thought to be dying.

She began having treatment in the United States, but when the treatment began to fail, Guerrero researched and found clinics offering alternative treatments in Mexico. This gave him and his family hope and he decided to take her back to Mexico. As he knew that under the deportation waiver he could not leave the United States without government approval, he submitted two requests for fast-tracked permission to leave. However, he was asked to give more information and documentation about his mother’s medical condition and as her condition was deteriorating and he felt they could not wait any longer, they made the decision to just go. As it happens, he could have tried to plead his case personally to try and get the decision before he left but instead he took her to clinics in Mexico before the approval was granted, knowing that he had broken the rule which stated that he could not leave the country without federal authorization.

The treatment was not successful and Guerrero’s mother died in Mexico in August, with him by her side. However, when he hoped to come back to the United States, his initial request to return was denied and he had to stay with his grandparents in a poor suburb in Mexico City while hoping the government would change their mind. He appointed lawyer Alan Klein, who requested that the government take humanitarian reasons into account and last Tuesday Guerrero was allowed to return to the U.S. and his studies.

In hindsight, Guerrero says that he regrets his actions. Not only for the immigration issues, but he knows that his mother would have preferred to spend the last days of her life in Southern California with her husband and her children. However, he said that while there was hope that she might be saved he had to take the risk, immigration issues or not. His lawyer said he just did the best thing he thought he could do at the time.

If you need help with an immigration issue, we know that the law – and the U.S. bureaucracy – can seem like they are against you. This is one reason you are highly advised to consult with an attorney firm for help on every immigration concern you may have. Give the Austin immigration attorneys at Lyttle law firm a call today at 512-215-5225, and get the help you need.

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