The prosecutor's office had indicated in earlier conversations that such an arrangement might be possible, even desirable.
In court those hopes were dashed.
The government's attorney argued that if he did it for Jose, he would be compelled to do it for every other young person like Jose. What he failed to acknowledge was our commitment as an organization to stand with the student over the four-year period in question.
Jose was brought to the United States as a child by his undocumented parents. Now he must return to a nation he knows nothing about. Sending Jose to Mexico would be about like my sending my daughters to Scotland when they turned 18.
Jose received a judgment of "voluntary deportation" in 120 days--four months.
The only alternative we and Jose have is to lobby the U. S. Congress for an individual bill declaring that he can stay in the country, a very unlikely prospect given the current climate regarding immigration.
It is a very sad development. I honestly don't know what we as a people are thinking. When will we wake up?