Despite claims to the contrary, undocumented youth are still being deported. One of them is Elier Lara, an outstanding young man at the University of Cincinatti, who was picked up by ICE while accompanying his classmates on a school trip.
Last year, Elier was on a trip to New York with other students from his high school to compete at Nationals for Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE). After placing in the highly competitive field, garnering Honorable Mention and receiving the competition’s Innovation Award, Elier was singled out at the airport before his team boarded to fly back to Cincinnati. He had brought with him the only form of identification he owned—a school ID.
In front of his teammates and coach, he was arrested and forced into deportation proceedings. He is currently waiting anxiously for his court date to appear before the judge who will decide the future course of his young life. He and his family fear for his life if the judge allows DHS to proceed with his case. His family is originally from an area near the US border which has been decimated by drug cartel violence. His hometown recently experienced a civilian massacre and subsequent car bombings. Elier’s bright future literally hangs in the balance.