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Undocumented immigration activist won’t be deported

Immigration » David Morales learns the deportation case against him has been dropped.



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"I will make it my personal goal in life to fight for comprehensive immigration reform," Morales said. "I am willing to pay the price, even if it takes my whole life. I will fight until the end. I’m not scared of dying, I’m scared of wasting my life."

He has in recent months become a vocal activist fighting for the rights of undocumented immigrants, including joining The Salt Lake Dream Team. That group advocates for the passage of the Dream Act, legislation originally carried by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, over a decade ago that would give children brought here by undocumented immigrant parents a chance at naturalization if they attended college or joined the military.

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Sitting in a Starbucks shortly after being freed of the burden of what appeared to be imminent deportation, he polished off a vanilla mocha with his friend, Raymi Gutierrez, a close friend who has helped him navigate the uncertain year.

When they finished, she stood up and hugged him long and hard.

"Yea," she said softly. "You’re like my little brother."

Then he bundled up his black coat and just walked out the door and headed home.

dmontero@sltrib.com

Twitter: @davemontero




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