The House Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee will use next month to "consider the bill" to give Juan Sebastian Gomez and his brother Alejandro legal status. This gives the two young men one more month in the U.S.
While it is only an individual bill meant for the Gomez brothers, if approved it will make the DREAM Act one more step closer to reality.
Florida: Brothers’ Deportation Delayed
By JULIA PRESTON
Published: September 6, 2007
New York Times
Federal authorities postponed for one month the deportation of Juan Sebastian and Alejandro Gomez, brothers born in Colombia who are college students in Florida and illegal immigrants. After they and their parents were detained July 25, Representative Lincoln Díaz-Balart, Republican of Florida, presented a private bill to the House Judiciary immigration subcommittee, seeking legal status for the brothers. On Aug. 1, the authorities stayed the family’s deportation for 45 days, and yesterday they extended the stay for another 30 days to give the panel time to consider the bill. Juan Gomez, above, who earned a 3.96 grade point average in high school, has become an advocate for a measure that would give legal status to illegal immigrants who are high school graduates if they complete two years of college or military service.