Roused from sleep by Immigration agents in July 2007, Juan and Alex Gomez became the faces of the DREAM Act when friends launched a Facebook campaign and AI Justice helped secure private bills by U.S. Sen. Dodd and Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart that stayed the brothers’ deportations. When their family fled Colombia in 1990, Juan and Alex were respectively ages 2 and 3. Growing up, they assimilated to U.S. culture and lost all memory of Colombia. After their release from detention, both continued their studies and worked to support themselves.
Juan was profiled in a Washington Post Sunday Magazine story in 2009. He obtained a private scholarship, graduated from Georgetown University in May 2011 and now works at JP Morgan & Chase in New York City. Alex works full time and no longer studies at Miami Dade College because he cannot afford the tuition. Both could have attained legal status through the DREAM Act had it been enacted last year.
“AI Justice has been there with us every step of the way and given us hope that perhaps we will be allowed to live here legally and be able to give back to the country some of what it has given to us”