Connecticut man brought to US as minor hopes to become citizen

A 22-year-old man who has lived in Connecticut ever since his parents brought him illegally to the US from Mexico when he was a toddler is now facing deportation.

Mariano Cardoso is currently enrolled at Capital Community College in Hartford and told WTNH, a local television station, that he is working towards enrolling in a traditional four-year school to earn a civil engineering degree. And while Cardoso said that he feels like an American, he may be deported by the federal government.

“This is where I call home. This is where I grew up, and I don’t see why I’m not being considered as a citizen here,” he told the news source.

Cardoso said that he is hoping for the immigration reform to be enacted or the DREAM Act to return and be passed.

The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act would have allowed for minors brought in this country illegally to earn US citizenship if they enrolled in college or enlisted in the military. The measure was defeated by Senate Republicans last December.

Cardoso said that he is staying hopeful that he will be able to stay in America, the only country he has ever called his own.