Felipe Molina Mendoza and his boyfriend Francisco Vargas Guadalupe spent Valentine’s Day at Mendoza’s immigration hearing in Charlotte. He was allowed to remain in the U.S. on Tuesday while awaiting a possible ruling from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on his case.
Audio Director Alice Wilder has been following the couple’s story.
The Daily Tar Heel: Like most high school seniors, Felipe Molina Mendoza was planning for his future. It was 2009. Several universities had invited him to apply for scholarships, and he wanted advice.
Felipe Mendoza: That’s when my counselor told me well it’s great that you have all this — offers and opportunities to apply for them — but, um, they all require socials and you don’t have a social.
DTH: Social, as in social security card. Felipe is undocumented. This was the moment he realized just how deeply being undocumented would affect his future. Felipe came to the United States in 2000 when he was eight years old. His mom gave him a choice: