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.