Moris is an active, bright ninth grader at Nimitz High School in Irving. He has consistently made good grades and has never been involved in any type of criminal activity. Moris left his home of El Salvador as a child accompanied by his mother and father to come to the United States. Both of his parents have received Temporary Protected Status and employment authorization and are therefore, lawfully present in the country. Upon arrival to the country in 2006, Border Patrol apprehended Moris, and he received a final order of removal in the fall of that year. At that time, Moris was a ten-year-old boy with no one to care for him in El Salvador. His family learned of HRI from Catholic Charities. HRI successfully represented Moris in his application for deferred action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals—a program implemented by President Obama calling for deferred action for certain undocumented young people who come to the U.S. as children and have pursued education here. In February 2013, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services decided to defer action in his case. Moris now may remain lawfully in the country while he completes his sophomore and junior years of high school. Additionally, his application for employment authorization was approved.
Brenda is a 19-year-old girl from Mexico. Her younger sister was sexually assaulted last year by a fellow student in the boy’s bathroom. She told Brenda what happened and she has helped her with medical appointments, meetings with the police, and case preparation with the District Attorney’s office. Brenda and her family have gone into counseling due to the trauma they have all endured. Unfortunately, Brenda’s age prohibited her from receiving a U-Visa through her sister. Her sister is able to petition for their parents, but not for Brenda. Brenda is a high school graduate who came to the U.S. at age 10 on a visitor’s visa. She is going to college part time and her dream is to get a business degree and then open up her own beauty shop. HRI submitted her DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) application for her, which was approved. She is now able to get her driver’s license and work part time.