Twenty-eight-year-old UC Berkeley graduate John Ibarra helped fight the recent Northern California fires and is now facing deportation.
Though a Mexican native, Ibarra left the country when he was five and is a stranger to his homeland.
“It’s scary for me because this is all I know,” he said. “I’m being deported to a place where I barely speak the language. … This is home for me, I wanna stay here.”
Jasmine Graves, Ibarra’s pro-bono lawyer, says her firm feels strongly about immigration law and cases similar to his.
“We’re here to support Mr. Ibarra and fight for him to stay in the country that he knows is his home,” she said.
During the press conference held on Nov. 4, Rep. Robert King (R) spoke on the unconstitutionality of the Deferred Act for Childhood Arrivals. He said that though he serves the people, he also serves the constitution.
“It’s time for these dreamers to wake up,” King said.
Though King apologized, he suggested Ibarra gets to know his homeland a little better.
When an angry protester told Ibarra to ‘go home’, he promptly responded ‘I went to college instead.’
“It’s not just about me,” he said. “It’s about seven-hundred-thousand other people like me that this has been our home. We work hard to be productive citizens of this country [..] we want to continue contributing to this country.”