Princeton Salutatorian Reveals Illegal Status


An unusual face of illegal immigration emerged last night on several local New York news stations. Dan-el Padilla-Peralta, who graduated from Princeton University yesterday, revealed his status as an illegal immigrant. Padilla-Peralta originally came to the U.S. on a temporary visa for his mothers' medical care. After the visa expired, he and his mother remained, and Padilla-Peralta excelled in academics, eventually earning entry to Princeton.

Having now accepted a full scholarship to Oxford University in England, this ABC story states that if Padilla-Peralta leaves the U.S., he will be barred entry back into the States for ten years. However, it can be assumed that, since he has now revealed himself as an illegal, the chance of his being deported has probably increased exponentially.

While Padilla-Peralta may not seem like any other illegal immigrant, he said, "I can and I do often, on an emotional level, identify with people who are in my predicament simply because we are all being lumped together." By revealing his status, there is no doubt that Padilla-Peralta will become a poster-child for the illegal immigration debate.

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