Gomez came to the United States from Colombia with his family in 1990 on tourist visas and during that time his father applied for asylum, claiming that paramilitary fighters had threatened his family. The petition, which took several years and allowed for the family to become acclimated with the country, was eventually rejected.
Despite the rejection of the petition, the family remained in the country until immigration officials raided the Gomez household in 2007.
Gomez’s parents were deported, but due to a strong lobbying campaign by classmates and teachers, Gomez, along with his brother, were allowed to stay in the country through private bills in Congress sponsored by Senator Chris Dodd.
As he wraps up his senior year, Gomez has already received a job offer from J.P. Morgan Chase’s Latin American division, the same place he interned this past summer.
Although he would not give specifics on his offer, Gomez told The Post that the salary would be more than his parents made in multiple years working in Miami or ever in Colombia.
Unfortunately, Gomez risks being unable to take the job because I-765 temporary work permit expires soon.
With Dodd no longer in Congress and Gomez leaving school, he has applied personally to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for a renewal of his work permit, but there is no guarantee that this will happen.
Not everyone believes that Gomez should be allowed to have his permit renewed.
“He’s a very compelling case,” Roy Beck, an opponent of the DREAM Act told The Post, “but because he’s getting this job, there will be an American somewhere down the line who won’t get one.”
However, Gomez and the DREAM Act have received significant support at Georgetown, as University President John DeGioia has been a vocal advocate of the act.
The latest version of the DREAM Act was five votes short of passage in the Senate.
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