Mariano Cardoso Jr. Illegal alien, potential beneficiary of the still not passed DREAM Act, and still an illegal alien. (h/t American Patrol)
Connecticut's Governor Dan Malloy has joined a grass-roots campaign to stop federal officials from deporting an undocumented immigrant. Malloy says the young man can contribute to the country, and he's proven it.
CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano reports that when Mariano Cardoso Jr.'s parents brought their ten-22-month-old son to America from Mexico, all the wanted was a better life for him.
Now, living outside Hartford, Conn., the 23-year-old is about to graduate with an associate's degree in liberal arts.
To quote Phil Collins, it is not easy being an illegal alien:
"It hasn't been easy at any step," Cardoso Jr. said.
It's taken him five years to pay for that two-year degree, and he says he's done it without financial aid or tuition assistance. His dream is to become a math professor or civil engineer."It has taken me 5 years and every part of it has been because I worked for it and my father worked for it," Cardoso Jr. said.
Now, however, he's in danger of losing it all, because his parents immigrated to the United States illegally. In 2008, federal immigration officials discovered his undocumented status. Now he's due to be deported within 60 days. In his fight to stay, Cordoso Jr. has gained a powerful ally.
"We've made a substantial investment in our society of this young man. I'd like to see that pay off for us," said Gov. Dan Malloy.
Cardoso's case got the attention of Connecticut's top leaders. In a letter, Gov. Malloy asked federal immigration officials to hold off on deporting him.
And from the moron Malloy:
"I think he's an American. He was carried across the border at 22 months. He's as American as anyone who has lived here for 18 years," Malloy said.
No, he is not an American. If he were an American, governor, he would not in deportation proceedings. He is an alien. And, no, just living here does not make you an American. Even those aliens here legally, must submit an application and pass an admittedly easy test. Cardoso hasn't.
Last year, Congress rejected The Dream Act, legislation designed to create a path to citizenship for young people like Cardoso Jr. During that debate, the U.S. Department of Education estimated that more than 50,000 undocumented high school graduates could qualify each year, but in Connecticut, the head of the state GOP says illegal immigrants strain limited resources.
"We can't have illegal immigration continuing to punish state and local governments with millions of dollars of healthcare costs and education costs and public safety costs. You have to follow the rules to be in this country and we shouldn't be promoting rule breaking as well," said Chris Healy, chairman of the Connecticut GOP.
For Mariano Cardoso Jr., the clock is ticking. He says he has no idea what he will do if he's sent back to Mexico, and his life is now caught in limbo.
"I haven't planned," Cardoso Jr. said. "I've been staying hopeful and I haven't made a backup plan in case that happens. I would assume that I would try to get back try to find a way to come back in because there is nothing that is waiting for me over there."
He certainly has planned. He planned to get the Obama DREAM Act Administrative Amnesty. That is why he was not making any backup plans for a life in Mexico. Like Jessica Colotl, Elizabeth Lee, Stephen Li, and a myriad of others, Cardoso is going nowhere, just like his parents, who are also illegal, and they are going nowhere. Just like another set of illegal alien parents. Just more of the Kabuki theater of immigration enforcement.