This week the media presented us with heart-jerking stories of undocumented aliens facing deportation followed by amazing intercessions. When I was a child I used to watch Superman with George Reeves on TV. I remember one scene, I think it happened a lot, where a man was about to be wrongly executed. Superman busted through a brick wall of the death chamber and stuck his arm in the switch just as the arm was being lowered to execute the victim in his electric chair. The immigration stories this week are reminiscent of Superman’s heroics.
One story was of a Harvard College student. News reports indicate that he was caught while trying to use his Harvard ID (apparently the lack of judgment at age 19 trumps the intelligence it takes to get into Harvard) to travel on an airplane from San Antonio, Texas, to Boston, back to Harvard where he just completed his freshman year. He was brought to the United States at the age of 4, presumably without inspection. He was arrested on June 7 and was scheduled for immigration court in July where he could ask for relief from deportation. The types of relief available to someone like this gentleman are usually: (more…)