Undocumented Immigrant Teen Commits Suicide in Texas

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WASHINGTON -- A young undocumented immigrant committed suicide in Mission, Texas last Friday, citing his frustration and anxiety over his immigration status. Joaquín Luna, an 18-year old honor roll senior at Juarez-Lincoln High School, had lived in the United States since he was six months old. He decided to end his life the day after Thanksgiving, leaving behind letters in which he described his desperation over his immigration status in the country. Luna will be honored this Friday by the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA).

His older brother Diyer Mendoza told KGBT-TV Action 4 that Joaquin had been counting on the passage of the federal DREAM Act, which would have provided a path to legalization for undocumented students who were brought to the United States as minors.

“Joaquin was loved by everyone," said Diyer Mendoza. "He was all about school, church, and my mom. He was an extraordinary brother, talented, never got in trouble with the police. Then, the DREAM Act did not pass and his college acceptance and financial aid letters started asking about his immigration status.

"Joaquin’s biggest worry became that after all those years in college he would end up without a job. He had a dream, the American Dream, but he felt his immigration status prevented him from reaching it. Ironically, he made the final decision because he didn’t want to let my mom down; he wanted to be the best for everybody.

"I just hope other students in his situation speak to others about what they are feeling before taking this drastic step. ”



 

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Anonymous

Posted Nov 28 2011

Doesn't Texas have the DREAM Act? Perry said we were heartless if we didn't support the DREAM Act for children who had nothing to do what their parents did in entering this country illegally. This is sad, but perhaps his parents should have taken Joaquín back to his own country and went to school there. We must get our immigration laws enforced so this doesn't happen again.

Anonymous

Posted Nov 28 2011

No there's no Dream Act in Texas. There's no opportunity to attend college in Mexico, people are getting kidnapped daily. A High School Diploma from the US does not have any value in Mexico. Most that were brought here very young do not speak spanish at a level to attend a Mexican university. Going back to Mexico is not an option.

Anonymous

Posted Nov 29 2011

People are jumping on the bandwagon here, but I suspect this kid had more going on in his life beside the Dream Act. Anyone who would take their own life is truly troubled. It’s a shame that people are trying to make a political statement from the family’s tragedy.

Anonymous

Posted Nov 29 2011

it is very sad to read about this !
why can ppl just understand how important it is for the DREAM ACT to pass!!! no its is not a crime when ur a child to come in to the US...

I support the Dream ACt 100% please help educate those who are oppesed; there is more to this than just a plain dreams is about lifes and futures NOT about "smooching of the goverment" we have US citizens to thank for that.

PLEASE SUPORT THE DREAM ACT!!!!! lets make a reality :)

Anonymous

Posted Nov 29 2011

he let his mother down,wtf she's the reason he's illegal she's the reason he's not wanted here she's the criminal who put that child in harms way no one else. children of illegal parents are always demonizing the rest of us but never blame the parents .what a fu-ken waste.

Anonymous

Posted Dec 2 2011

Maria lesvia peresperez

Anonymous

Posted Dec 2 2011

Being heartless isn' t even close to why people dont support the dream act. Its simply because people are afraid to accept others as equals, its an agonizing repeat of history. I know how it feels to think of all of the limitations and opportunities that are shut off to me and all other undocumented students. It isn't easy accepting it, blaming others is easy, its what we do with our lives that count; having support, believe or not, is one of the most crucial parts to accepting your status and trying to change it. Its a big wall that we have overcome, dont undermine it , but also dont let get u down, there are other ways to go about it. Hate, racism, fear, is what is driving people to believe its not a smart choice to enact the Dream Act. Its a shame, a pity, no, a dahm outrage.

Anonymous

Posted Dec 7 2011

People, don't be ignorant, this little boy wasnt understand clearly what was happening to him, he is here sicen he was a toddler, he growed up with dreams as any body else. You should get more exposure in your own life to become more sensitive on issues, and build more tolerance!

Anonymous

Posted Dec 7 2011

People, don't be ignorant, this little boy wasnt understand clearly what was happening to him, he is here sicen he was a toddler, he growed up with dreams as any body else. You should get more exposure in your own life to become more sensitive on issues, and build more tolerance!

Anonymous

Posted Dec 23 2011

There is a Dream Act in Texas. It was signed into law by Governor Perry in 2001. It allows illegals to get in-state tuition rates. This article is a blatant lie. Luna could have attended college in Texas if he had wanted to, it seems that his family's grief is being used to advance a political issue.

Anonymous

Posted Mar 25 2012

Lol suck shit

Anonymous

Posted Mar 25 2012

Lol dumb Mexican

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