Student Commits Suicide Because Of Immigration Status

In a heartbreaking story, Action 4 News reports that Joaquin Luna, an 18-year-old undocumented immigrant in Texas, committed suicide Friday night because of his immigration status, family members said. Letters Luna wrote before his death showed that he was worried his immigration status would keep him from achieving his dreams of being an engineer, and he had been frustrated after Congress failed to pass the DREAM Act, which would have provided a path to citizenship for undocumented students who met certain criteria. Congress failed to pass the DREAM Act in 2010. Luna’s brother Diyre Mendoza said his brother didn’t see any other options because of his immigration status. “He was saying he was going to do this because he wasn’t going to be able to continue with his college,” Mendoza said. Watch a local news report about Luna: