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Immigration Law

Man of Two Countries at Home in Neither

"After years in North Texas, Marco Pacheco left Mansfield 17 months ago for Mexico, determined to “get right by the law.”  His parents had brought him to Texas unlawfully when he was 12.  He graduated from Mansfield schools and a Fort Worth community college.  But without legal status, the future looked bleak, so he returned to Mexico and applied for a student visa from the U.S. Embassy.  He was denied, leaving him devastated and desperate.  The 21-year-old discovered how difficult it was to go home again.  A month ago, Pacheco tried to return to Texas at the Laredo land port with other young immigrants who organized through social media.  The action was an open challenge of U.S. immigration policies, which halted deportation for some young immigrants on June 15, 2012, but excluded those who were out of the country at the time.  Some are asking for humanitarian “parole” into the U.S. or for asylum, a complicated process that varies from individual to individual.  Now, Pacheco sits in an El Paso detention center, his fate in the hands of the federal government.  An immigration judge is expected to hear his case Thursday." - DIANNE SOLÍS and ALFREDO CORCHADO, Oct. 28, 2013.