Young scholar fights for the opportunity for U.S. citizenship

In today’s world, it takes a lot of guts to admit you are an undocumented immigrant living in the Los Angeles area. After all, the consequences of admitting that you do not have U.S. citizenship can be numerous. Besides the obvious threat of deportation, admitting you are in the country illegally can have an effect on your chances of getting a job and even your relationships with others.

One young man put those fears aside recently and surprised a lot of people when he announced that he is an undocumented immigrant. The 24-year-old South Korean-native came to California on a temporary visa with his mother and sisters when he was just 10 years old. He has been living and attending school here ever since.

The man is currently attending college at UC Berkeley where he is the president of the math club. He currently holds a work permit that allows him to stay in the country and continue his schooling. He has recently taken part in a campaign aimed at helping illegal immigrants to become citizens. His belief is that undocumented immigrants can positively contribute to the nation’s economy.

Like many other undocumented immigrants, this young man is looking forward with a hopeful eye to the Dream Act passing in Congress. This will allow him to start on the path of U.S. citizenship. Although he has been accepted into Yale and Brown for graduate studies, he may not be able to attend unless he is granted permanent residency.

If you are interested in obtaining a work permit like this young man, you may wish to speak with a lawyer who can guide you through the application process so that you can live and work in the country without fear of deportation.

Source: Contra Costa Times, “UC Berkeley math club president comes out as undocumented in growing campaign,” Matt O’ Brien, Feb. 15, 2013