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November 29th, 2011
02:04 PM ET

Family says undocumented student killed himself over fears he'd never go to college

By Rafael Romo, Senior Latin American Affairs Editor

(CNN) - Joaquin Luna was only 18. The senior at Juarez Lincoln High School in Mission, Texas, dreamed of going to college. But since he was in the country illegally, that was nearly impossible.

Luna was quickly losing hope of ever going to college, his family says. The Friday after Thanksgiving, Luna put on a suit, kissed his family members, went into the bathroom and shot himself in the head, according to family members.

"He didn't see no other way or no other option," his brother Diyra Mendoza told CNN affiliate KGBT.

Mendoza found the body after hearing the gunshot.

"As soon as I pulled him out to the kitchen, I could see the bullet hole and there was no movement, no signs of anything," Mendoza said. "He was gone."

Mendoza says the letters his brother left behind reveal his fears about being in the country illegally. He also was frustrated because the DREAM Act - an initiative that would legalize young immigrants who have been in the country for more than five years if they attend college or serve in the military - never passed.

It's estimated that the DREAM Act would benefit about 2 million young people. It failed by five votes in the Senate last December. A new push by Democrats in Congress this year also didn't go far.

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat, who has been pushing for the measure for a decade, testified at a congressional hearing in June. "The Dream Act would make America a stronger country by giving these talented immigrants the chance to fulfill their potential." Durbin said.

But Republican lawmakers call the bill "blanket amnesty" and have strongly opposed it. Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, calls it "a band-aid and maybe worse, it would provide an incentive for future illegal immigration."

The DREAM Act was also a hot-potato issue in the November 22 CNN debate of Republican presidential candidates. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich spoke in favor of the DREAM Act. "I don't see any reason to punish somebody who came here at 3 years of age, but who wants to serve the United States of America," Gingrich said.

Mitt Romney agreed with Gingrich saying the he "would staple a green card to the diploma of anybody who's got a degree of math, science, master's degree, Ph.D. We want those brains in our country."

But Michele Bachmann denounced it, warning the measure would "offer taxpayer-subsidized benefits to illegal aliens. We need to move away from magnets not offer more."

Back in Texas, Mendoza is thinking of other young immigrants like his brother. "It's like all these kids that are here. They're all dependent on that DREAM Act to keep on studying," Mendoza said.

But with a Congress unable to reach a compromise to reduce the deficit and presidential elections less than a year away, the chances of any immigration bill being passed seem unlikely.

soundoff (1,898 Responses)
  1. unowhoitsme

    Sad...a human life wasted, due to no hope. America gives hope to the hopeless. Allow illegal aliens to obtain legal citizenship, especially the young. They've lived most of their lives here in the US. To go back to Mexico would be more than devastating. It's not the fault of the children, so don't punish them.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • carolyn

      We are not punishing ,we are just rewarding them.

      November 30, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lopaka

    Clearly this young man was suffering from depression and this one worry was enough to send him over the edge. I am however disgusted by many of the comments on this article. Unless you are 100% Native American, then chances are somewhere in your family tree a descendant made their way by boat to this land we call the United States of America. It may be ancient history but shouldn't be forgotten. Why shouldn't human beings have the right to seek a better life? I would rather see a hard working immigrant try to make something of themselves then a self deserving, lazy, perpetual welfare receipent. Much condolances to his family for their loss.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • slinky

      "Native" Americans came here from Asia via the Bering land bridge during the Wisconsin ice age. Some may have also island-hopped from Europe.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sue

      I agree everyone has the right to a better life, but like my grandparents, they need to follow the immigration laws. My grandparents came over here poor, through Ellis Island, when there was famine in Europe, they learned the language and worked themselves into a better life for themselves, their children and grandchildren. They took pride in their adopted country and helped to legally bring people out of Germany who would of been sent to death camps. This young man, knew that his chances for a better life were small because of the acts of his parents, why should America be blamed for that?

      November 29, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • GoFwd

        For not giving him the same change, your grand parents were given. A chance to do things right, to fully embrace the only country he knows. Simple as that.

        Do you think that if the legal process was easy or fair for that matter, people would die in the desert to come here, or leave in the shadows for years and years hoping for a miracle? Food for thought Sue.

        November 29, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • GoFwd

        For not giving him the same opportunity, your grand parents were given. A chance to do things right, to fully embrace the only country he knows. Simple as that!

        Do you think that if the legal process was easy, or fair for that matter, people would die in the desert to come here, or live in the shadows for years and years hoping for a miracle? Food for thought Sue.

        November 29, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      You ignorant non thinking liberal. The issue is not immigration, it is illegal immigration. No one is complaining about immigrants, but about illegal immigrants.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Lopaka

        No one seems to complain about the fresh produce they consume on a daily basis that was hand picked by hard working "illegal" immigrants. Seems to me you better take up your issue with the farmers who rely on cheap labor to make a profit as well as any other industry that hires them for below market wages.

        November 29, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • carolyn

      I am so tired of reading B.S. like yours.........you may as well say ....unless you lived here 200 B.C. ...this is not your land.Well, who's land does this belong to ?...The people who built it up America as a strong country.....that's who it belongs to...not to the illegals ..who show up after the job is done and demand rights.

      November 30, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John Aguilar

    Ralph Romero should be fired.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. popcorn

    government failed to see Population shrinkage and suicide rates in 2011 -2012.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. thieves

    Now now Mr. Jimmy. lets not forget it was your people who came to this land illegally. It is you who is here illegally. How good it must feel to point your finger at someone else and how the feeling of the word illegal must be rolling off your tongue. Shame on you Mr. Jimmy

    November 29, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr Jimmy

      "My people" came here legally on a boat from Germany. They were/are legal naturalized citizens... Thank you!

      November 29, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Eric

    Fortunately, no U.S. citizen(s) were injured in the event.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dontbow

    Yea lets all feel sorry for this illegal who kiled himself just because he couldn't go to college. Obviously he had other problems than that and this is just another stupid attempt by cnn and their progressive nonsense to promote american tax payer dollars going to help out illegals not only stay in the country but go to school. As a real tax paying citizen i am offended by this article and the writer.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tiller In Texas

    My tax dollars don't have to pay for the funeral do they????

    November 29, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rod

    one less...............thanks for eating up our tax dollars.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. not a believer

    What is lost here is that HE and HIS parents BROKE this county's law. Period. To connect his "sad' story of potentially attending college, when this country edcuates more foreign students than any country in the world, is outragous. He should have left the country, applied for admission, or was he just looking for free or lower tuition. I thtink we understand, now.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert Smith

      EXACTLY!!!! They broke the law and they all should have known what the difficulties were in store. And this kid killing himself shows he was weak minded. Sad story but STOP making illegals these constant human interest stories! They should not have been here

      November 29, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Maybe you could have benefited from the DREAM act partner. It's educates, not edcuates, outrageous, not outragous, and it's think, not thtink. In any event, the education system in this country is broken and what the repubs don't seem to grasp is that there are a lot if illegal immigrants that are already here and if their children aren't educated to their fullest potential, then all we will have is a lot of illegal, uneducated, immigrants that will end up on the street and in jail. And whose tax dollars pays for that? Wake up.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • not a believer

        Hey Kevin bud...forget the typos....I am sufficiently educated to know when laws are broken, and taxpayers are taken advantage of. Sorry I ended the sentence with a preposition, or did you notice.

        November 29, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tis the Season...

    I find it interesting to see the comments on this one...

    Am I sorry the kid felt he had no other way out than ending his own life? Yes, but over not being able to go to college? I agree there has to be more than that behind it. Perhaps the fear of being deported to where the drug cartels would kill him, or his family (or worse)...I don't know.

    Many people can't afford to go to college full time. What about part time? Take evening classes and work during the day to pay for it. What's wrong with that? What about taking on-line courses to get started and save up money along the way? If you are living with your family, then you do not have room and board to pay for.

    There's something about all this, that's not adding up.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rod C. Venger

    No other option? He could have gone back to Mexico or wherever he was from and gone to college there. These people act as if America is their only hope. It's not. College won't do much good if you can't get a job and right now, right here, college grads aren't in demand. I maintain that this is karma in action. The presence of millions of illegals in the US, in our schools, in our hospitals, on our welfare rolls, have strained the system. A look at our deficit spending is proof of that. Public education is NOT free. While no student pays to go to public school per se, homeowners pay their way through property taxes. Anyone notice the record numbers of bank foreclosures and loan defaults? That means less revenue coming in, yet the numbers of students is not declining. At the same time, cities are paying top dollar in Union wages and benefits. A teacher may be making $40,000 per year but when you add in the costs of insurance and retirement, the figure passes $100,000 per teacher being paid out by the schools district, and much more for management "educators". Illegals may not be paying for health care either, but it sure isn't free. Besides the amount we pay, as determined by the actuaries when looking at risk factors in a given population, we're also paying a huge premium for the writeoffs by the hospitals. How do you cover the costs of a hundred thousand CT scans that are usually billed at $4500? A hospital can't just eat that cost. It boosts the costs to those that can pay, either in cash or through their insurance. Which means either way, you pay more. Liberals claim these people pay their taxes. Says who, exactly? If some illegal has been using my social security number and having a payroll deduction taken out, I guarantee you it's never hit my account! I assure you that I'd know it...being on SSDI myself. How about you, or anyone else? Anyone's social security account much larger than it should be? I've never heard of a single person saying that's the case. Not even a rumor. BUT...the liberals will spread their fairy tales about how beneficial, and honest and hard-working these people are. Fact is, they are a drain, and a huge one. The illegal parents of children born here took in $600 Million dollars in welfare payments in the year 2010 in Los Angeles County alone. These people are living better than we are, and at our expense, but with no jobs for us or them, something got to give. Obama can't seriously be thinking of pressing ahead with his Amnesty, in any form. I predict an angry bloodbath.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • ColoradoDad

      ok, i'll take a shot here...
      "A look at our deficit spending is proof of that" – A look at our deficit spending also shows way too much money going to foreign governments, big business, the DOD, and biggest of all... baby boomers now on SS.
      A teachers salary going from 40K to 100K by simply adding benefits!? I guess I should've gone to school to be a teacher instead of a computer scientist! Now you republican/conservatives need to make up your minds. Either there are millions of illegals being paid under the table which means in turn there are millions of americans illegally paying them or there are millions of illegals using fake SS numbers. In which case, someone...politicians (Americans) have their greedy hands in the cookie jar. either way you look at it, there are just as many American citizens doing illegal things to attract illegal immigrants. Where's the rhetorical nonsense spouting off about the illegality of those "real" americans and/or businesses. all I hear are crickets on that matter. You predict an angry bloodbath... which is very sad to me. Only fools use violence as a means of social change especially when out numbered and out gunned, besides like the dinosaurs, the conservatives time has come.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Loren

    And how many children of parents legally in this country are not able to go to college because of finances? While it is sad this young man chose to end his life, the lack of a college education funded by taxpayers has not stopped many people from being successful. For that matter, Mexico itself has a number of fine universities that he could have attended. This whole story is just a sad red herring. A person who breaks the law deserves no special treatment.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JG

    Is Rafael Romo exploiting/spinning the tragic suicide of a young man for political purposes? Nah...couldn't be...

    November 29, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. carolina

    It is terribly sad that this young man opted for suicide however that has nothing to do with the immigration laws of the United States. If he wanted to attend college in this country he could have done so. He may have had to pay more in tuition in some states but he would not have been barred from attending. If he was overly concerned with the tuition, he could have become a legal citizen. Rather than pointing fingers at the US government, blame the individuals who are knowingly breaking the law.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Sorry Carolina, you are wrong. Illeagal imigrants can not get accepted into a university!

      November 29, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • P.Y

        In Texas,they can

        November 29, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Lucy's Mom

        WHAT???? Where have you been? Not only can ILLEGAL ALIENS attend college, in CA, our Govenor signed the CA Dream Act granting them access to TAX PAYER FUNDED FINANCIAL AID! In Texas, Govenor Perry gave them in-state tuition! They can and are going to college.....displacing American students from those classes!

        November 29, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bill Hosman

        All he has to do is become a citizen if he wants to go to college, or go home and go to college.

        November 29, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • Brenda

        Mike, you're wrong. Illegal aliens do attend colleges and universities here, and a lot of them don't even have to pay the out-of-state tuition rates. If my nephew, who is a U.S. citizen and lives in New York, wants to attend Montgomery College in Maryland, he will have to pay the out-of-state tuition rate, but illegal aliens in Maryland are only paying the in-state tuition rate there. College officials and legislators are allowing this. Look it up.

        November 29, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • I'm just saying

        Yes they can. Some of most ardent supports of the Dream Act were illegal college students.

        November 29, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      I noticed a comment from an individual on here regarding this young man becoming legal. Obviously you do not understand the immigration laws here in the United States. This young man could not become legal without having a sponsor and be willing to spend a minimium of ten years, the penalty for illegal entry, in Mexico. Think of it this way. This is a young man that in reality never knew the country of his birth and would be sent to Mexico without his family and friends. Imagine yourself going to mexico as an 18 year old child without your family and friends, knowing it isn't for a brief visit, but for the next ten years minimium. Do your research before you give an opinion. I don't believe in open amnesty, but I also believe that people should have an opportunity.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  16. GoHome

    Are there no colleges in Mexico??? I didn't realize that we were the only country that had colleges. Here is a crazy idea, go home and get educated in Mexico.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chadali

      You're very ignorant.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • rod

      pretty simple solution---please run for Congress. We have a real shortage of that currently.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • faye

      lI don't think there's a viable education system in Mexico, plus the mafia is killing almost everyone who speaks out against them.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • FFFF

        Not true. ANd what do the cartels have to do with getting an education?

        November 29, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • ChrkeePrde

      YOU IDIOT!!! You don't seem to understand that in Mexico only the wealthy get education. America is all about opportunities... this is what has made our country a strong nation. A mind is a terrible thing to waste... OH WAIT, EXCEPT YOUR MIND. FOOOL!!!

      November 29, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • FFFF

        What part of Ilegal dpon you not get FOOL. Vote wmith your wallet Son. you dont ever make min wage I am willing to bet

        November 29, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • FFFF

        Doubt it ...what college?

        November 29, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leaf on the Wind

      Go home? He'd been living in Texas since he was a small child. Home is where your family is.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lupita

      Faye, Most of the crime evolves in shady activities and drug dealers. Many of my friends are getting their BA's and even Masters in Mexico. A University there is even free to all.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Leaf on the Wind

    A picture of this kid's lifeless body should be framed and placed on the desk of every member of congress who voted against the DREAM act. Loveless bastids.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Celia

      Oh, please. Really? The non-passage of the DREAM act has no impact on this kid's ability to attend college. It merely removes the incentive some might have for seeking a higher education.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leaf on the Wind

      Sorry, posted this before I knew about the Texas policy that would have allowed this kid to attend state college.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  18. somebody

    This is a tragic event. I've read through people's comments and I am simply shocked by the things they say and the ignorance they display. People come to America because it gives them hope because we are the best country on the planet. Who are we to deny anyone their chances to succeed? Before the kid made a decision, he probably went through hell for which any of you can even have a sense of.

    I've also seen arguments about paperwork and tax. Think about it this way, sure we might need some investment on an individual and takes sometime but how much better would it when he becomes a productive member of this society paying taxes and helping YOUR kid through the education system? For all you know, he might be more talented than you losers and can make more contributions to our society than people who just blindly bash other people.

    Don't judge people because they don't hold US passports.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fullaflatus

      More illegals should try this solution! I don't know if they're allowed to be buried in this country but, heck, I'll pay for the funerals!

      November 29, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • INCA

      Shocked?? LMAO. Give me a break. This kid lives in Texas. He can get i state tuition, yet he still kills himself??

      You sure bought into that one quickly

      November 29, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • rod

      here's the reason we have this immigration problem................too many bleeding hearts. First we ship all the jobs to Mexico and China and then we let them come here illegally to take the rest of the lower skilled jobs. Lady, please don't vote-we can't afford you...........

      November 29, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Messiah's Voice

    Don't worry my children. Lets all pray hard this is a new trend!

    November 29, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leaf on the Wind

      I almost wish there were a god, so that he/she/it could make you answer for such a cold and callous remark. How hateful you are!

      November 29, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Vipereen

    Wow, such cruel and mean spirited comments re a child or anyone, for that matter, that took their own life regardless of the situation. What you will for others will only come back to haunt you. This is a sad story and I pray that God heals his family.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  21. go home

    Maybe he should have gone back to his own country for college rather expecting a legal citizen to give up their chance for him.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Mr Jimmy

    Okay, since my last comment was thrown out lets put it this way... If the parents had not entered the country illegally this (tragedy) would not have happened. Is that better CNN censors?

    November 29, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Anomic Office Drone

    It's sad when anyone feels so trapped that they take their own lives because they perceive it as the only way out.

    To those of you who are celebrating this or making light of it because the kid was an illegal immigrant: you're heartless, nationalistic trash. You wouldn't dare to say what you're posting here in public and without the blanket of anonymity afforded to you by the internet because, not only are you gutless and heartless, you also know that you're wrong.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Messiah's Voice

      Yes I would. I would give them the gun and ammo to make it happen

      November 29, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • EnnMedina

        What the heck is your problem? And you call yourself "Messiah's Voice". You're an idiot. Like He would approve of such a horrid thing

        November 29, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Lydia N

        Hope it backfires.

        November 29, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • FFFF

      Right, so your name is Anomic Office Drone. No anonymity here...

      November 29, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anomic Office Destroyer

      Although I agree with most of what you said, try not to lump us all together in some lame generalization. So yes, I would gladly say that in public, surrounded by people. Why? Because it would be my opinion and my opinion doesn't change just because I'm in public. I say what I want, if you don't like it, maybe you should plug your ears.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anomic Office Drone

      I may be anonymous, but I'm also not celebrating a kid's suicide.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Ron Cooper

    Nothing is changing. Law still states that NONE of them should have been here. This has nothing to do with racism and everything to do with a group of people, whom you belong to, that have no respect for the law in this country. From the gang bangers to the illegals to the bankers... you're all in the same group of people that have no respect for the rule of law. You just do whatever YOU think is right and whenever that disagrees with the law, you cry racism. Well you know what? It's not working any more. We're over it. You're going to have to come up with a better reason. This old song and dance aint cuttin' it no more...

    November 29, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  25. cocoloco

    Lupita: If you are also an illegal immigrant like this boy was, your comment makes sense, but if you were not in the same shoes, you are as dumb as an animal because in order to enter college you have to provide a social security number and the key to that is to provide someone else's (stolen, dead person, a made-up one, etc).

    Good day!

    November 29, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lupita

      Hola Loco, As I said, This is a case of mental illness. And why do you use harsh attacking words towards me ?
      Anybody can go to any college they want, anywhere they want. Do it the legal way, and fine.
      One can go back to their counrty, get the legal papers, apply, etc. Every country wants people with skills, and some countries offer you money to relocate if you have good skills. Some of my friends go to a Mexican University that has a free tuition, and are getting a masters. I went back and did it the legal way. Why all the fuss about "poor illegals" ?
      It promotes a stronger excuse to be lazy and drain the system. I wanted to work hard and not be a drain on the taxpayers. Shame on the white Politicians that try to buy the Latino vote this way.
      I wanted to work hard and be proud, but staff writers like Rafael Romo try to stir up trouble and get more attention this way rather than get to the root of the problem. I believe the Mexican government should offer money to the U.S. to help support Latino education in the U.S. and ease the hardship on American taxpayers. Believe it that Mexico does have these funds.
      I also believe that when the day comes that Mexico or other countries offer free education to illegals, that will be a better topic than this one. I also want to say that when your test scores are great, you can pretty much get the easier ride though any school you want.
      My guess is that he had low grades in school and some learning problems and depession. His brother seemd to have poor grammar, and there was most likley others issues.

      November 29, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  26. More2it

    How very, very tragic for the family, but when one takes his own life because he, "was quickly losing hope of ever going to college," and "didn't see no other way or no other option," then there are other issues at play here besides being in the country illegally. There are probably thousands upon thousands of kids who never go to college for one reason or another and they do not kill themselves. My heart and prayers go out for this young man.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edudlufetips

      you're so ignorant. and so are the people who say 'go to college in mexico.' how about blaming the border patrol? ever thought about that? i am a legal first generation LEGAL immigrant who is now in medical school and there is a reason i left my 3rd world country to come to the US.

      the second point is... this kid actually had aspirations and dreams of a decent, determined life. it's not his fault his parents chose to come here. and the thousands/millions of kids in the US that can't get into college, aside from those that truly can't afford it- and there are few- because there is a thing called financial aid allowing the poorest inner city kids to get into harvard, are mostly unmotivated screwups/drug addicts/truants/kids who simply don't care/coddled kids. have some more sympathy. don't blame the illegal immigrants, you don't know if you wouldn't try to leave an impoverished nation for a wealthy one just a few steps away if you were in that position, blame the US for allowing so much of this to happen. and be less ignorant and more sympathetic in tragic situations.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Jan

    What is most disturbing to me about this story is that the young man was misinformed. Illegal aliens in Texas CAN and DO go to college. I work at a Texas college and we have many, many students who are not US citizens who attend and even receive state financial aid. The Texas legislature passed HB 1403 around 2001 which made this possible. Very sad that he felt there was no hope.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Charles

    2nd that Amen.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  29. waycist

    Oddly enough the highest suicide rates in America are amongst White men. But you'll never here the media lament over that because it doesn't jive with their "white oppressor, brown victim" narrative.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  30. mark

    that's terrible...why would parents do that to a young child..what exactly was their plan when they dragged him into this country? surely they knew what the politics were here...it hasn't changed in decades...

    November 29, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  31. jacqueline

    lets start with you 🙂

    November 29, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • ivanlibya

      Yeah, too bad I'm not an illegal.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Mit

    This is sick. Using a poor kid's suicide to push the DREAM act. That's really, REALLY low.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • seriously?

      just because you have the basic needs fulfilled like a proper education doesn't mean that you denounce those who don't. killing oneself has more to it than being weak. u wud know if u were him, and making the comment that u did is completely pointless. People all over the world are left with no hopes and frustration, and unlike you, they don't have a CNN news story to rip off to let their anger out.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • slinky

        Why are you berating Mit for pointing out that CNN sucks for using this young man's suicide to promote their political agenda?

        November 29, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      It's a fact of life: teenagers kill themselves every day. The reasons don't have to be good, there is just something going on in the adolescent brain that drives some to this drastic step. It is always a tragedy. That being said, it is also a tragedy that someone would publish a piece like this to exploit the demise of this obviously troubled youth to push their own political point of view. My heart goes out to the family, my best friend in high school oh so many years ago killed himself so I know a little about what they are going through. But this doesn't change my view on illegal immigration or the DREAM Act. Rafael Romo, you should be ashamed of yourself.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  33. cocoloco

    May you suffer the same fate as this young man for your stupid comment. Good day!

    November 29, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  34. jos

    My heart breaks for this family.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  35. mike

    what a disgusting comment

    November 29, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Ron Cooper

    So he was OK with breaking the laws of the country but the fact that he wasn't going to be able to go to college while doing it was just too much!?!? Are you kidding me with this? That's like stealing a car and then being so upset at the fact you can't legally register it that you kill yourself over it!!!! Give me a break!

    November 29, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • american citizen

      So you saw this guy stealing a car uh! i guess we have to take you to many court to testify on who steals and who doesnt.
      I am happily immigrant and became american citizen, and I now hold a bachelors diploma.
      You just dont know how to appreciate people. We also serve this country, not every person that comes from Europe, South America, or Africa, is a criminal. PLEASE GROW UP AND GET THE FACTS FIRST!!!!!!!!!
      Ignorant people makes me sick, i think that is why smarter people from other countries are coming here to take their so loved jobs, because they are not smart enough to hold them.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • FFFF

        Me thinks you needs lezson in speling first

        November 29, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chadali

      You're a total moron.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  37. DrBob

    This is tragic, but not because of immigration policy or failure to pass the DREAM Act. Connect the dots, folks! This kid was living in Texas, where state law would have allowed him to get instate tuition to attend a Texas University. Thousands of kids of illegals have already earned college degrees and gone on to live very successful lives. Law abiding illegals are virtually never identified or deported from Texas. Check the facts. You can't blame the Republicans for every bad decision made by an emotionally disturbed kid, as much as the liberal progressives would like to use this young man's death to advance their own political purposes.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  38. ModerateMainer

    I think you're trying to be funny? Better luck next time.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis610

      Pat yourself on the back self-righteous one.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Notowomen

    YAY less paperwork!

    November 29, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Hmmm

    Sad news to hear of someone taking their life...whatever the catalyst. Our immigration system is flawed, but, let us not fall victim to diversion tactics our government throws into mainstream media to keep our minds from truly pressing issues (debt, foreign relations...or lack thereof). Contrary to what some would say, illegal immigrants are largely productive citizens (albeit, illegal). They aren't the culprit for our escalating costs in the healthcare system as the media and some politicians would have you believe (I'm a healthcare exec and I can talk all day on what is the real reason behind rising costs and diminishing efficiency). Most aren't lazy and unproductive and a drag to the economy. Actually, some of our own, legal welfare recipients (note I said SOME) would fall into the aformentioned category...a system our own inefficient government endorses and wouldn't dare discuss in a political campaign. If you look at the cost of labor vs the cost of goods and services...most Americans enjoy those savings everyday (groceries, construction, household chores, hotel costs, etc.). Soon as we oust all illegals per some political agendas (which will never happen anyway), the next complaint we'll see will be rising costs of goods and services. If it's not one thing, it's another. I will say, I do happen to know an illegal citizen that was allowed to fight for this country...our rights...in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He is one of the most decorated "minorities" in the country and is buried amongst heroes at Arlington National Cemetery. See...they aren't all bad and in some ways...they have your back even though you don't have theirs. You know...I'd be the first to take my chances as an illegal in the USA if I lived in Mexico. From a familial perspective, an illegal American life is better for my children than the one we'd try to leave behind in Mexico. Now for the "backwards" comments to ensue....

    November 29, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • ModerateMainer

      Thank you for some reason and logic. How long until someone calls you a Libtard?

      November 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • jos

      I agree.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • More2it

      Well written, but just because some may disagree with you does not make their comments "backward."

      November 29, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Brandon

    College is not the end all... life is so much more important, but if you are dumb enough to kill yourself or something so trivial...

    November 29, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leaf on the Wind

      Not so trivial, Brandon. Nowadays companies won't hire you to mop the floor without a college degree.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • mouser

        thats not true at all.

        November 29, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  42. mark

    BTW – Militant atheist here. I don't believe and neither do you!

    November 29, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tiller In Texas

      Have another sip buddy

      November 29, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • mark

        Thanks! I think I will.

        November 29, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Dennis610

    This young man's death, while tragic, has nothing to do with the Dream Act or college and everything to do with seeking a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Thousands of illegals go to college, minorities are practically paid to go, there is no excuse for his suicide.What will the country do if/when white kids start offing themselves because they can't go as the college of their choice has used up its "white quota" and can only admit brown kids? What is the point of this article?

    November 29, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis610

      My life doesn't suck. Im just sick of people saying we are all equal with one side of their mouth while saying some are more equal than others with the other side. Full disclosure: Im not white. For you to have a "brown quota" at your school is the same as your school saying I couldn't do it on my own, I had to be given an exception. Get over yourselves and your white guilt.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • amanda

      The point of this article Dennis is that bigots like you are messing up this country

      November 29, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Charlie_In_VA

        No, Amanda – the point of the article is the liberal spin that CNN has become known for (and I hate to say that, because I lean democratic). For a kid to kill himself over the POSSIBILITY that he won't go to college IMMEDIATELY, when he has so many other options (he could become legal, first of all, and a number of states allow illegals to enroll & even take advantage of financial aide), tells me that there is a lot more going on here than CNN wants to report, or the kid had some other underlying emotional issues. This article was pure political spin, the same kind of garbage Fox News is known for. I think I'm abou to stop reading CNN after this.

        November 29, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • EasyIntoCollege

      Man I wish it there was a quote for brown kids to get into school, then I wouldn't have had to pass entrance exams, fill out tons of paperwork, sit in interviews to explain why I should be admitted into the program ONLY to be rejected and go through it all over again and get accepted the 2nd time under the condition that I maintain a certain mark for the entire program. Oh by the way, I DIDN'T get a free ticket for school – I got a loan, yes BUT paid it back in full plus the interest on it.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  44. mark

    Good riddance. Now if only the other 11 million+ illegals would do the same.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • princess

      I don't understand why this story is being covered. There are millions of kids everyday who commit suicide. Also there are millions of American kids who can't afford to go to college either. So why such a big deal and illegal can't go to college. My belief is that there is more to this than going to college. Anyone who commits suicide has deeper depression issues. So why are we trying to say that he killed himself cause he couldn't go to college and because the act did not pass is why he is dead. Real stretch there CNN.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joe

        This is oly on cnn because he's illegal and we're supposed to be guilt ridden. Not happening. There was no story on cnn when my best friend committed suicide. I'm sure the family feels no guilt or shame in stealing schooling and healthcare from Americans for decades.

        November 29, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • RD

      yep, and if they were all gone...maybe, just maybe....you wouldn't feel so mediocre. Sorry, you are so average. Must suck.

      Have a nice day loser!

      November 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • mark

        I actually feel pretty good about myself. l'm just furious at these people draining our country's resources dry. Not to mention idiots like yourself defending them.

        November 29, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • VA97207

      Wow, NPR just had a story on "All Things Considered" about Berea College in KY which gives 4 years free college to the number 1 top liberal arts 4-year college in the USA, most students are minorities and come from homes of less than $25k per year.

      What a tragedy!

      November 29, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Yes, you are very very smart ... proud American, I am sure George Washington would agree with you .. yeah yeah, of course.
      Now, here is the reality: most of the smart kids will go away and be part of the reason why other countries will develop while the USA will keep you, and your kind of stupid fellows and decline into oblivion ... so BE proud and while you lazy your way toward obsolescence, the rest of the world will grow to be your boss .. yes, you know, they own your debt, because let me remind you, the underwear your are wearing now and which are probably soiled by now, are from a communist country, because you are too stupid to manufacture them yourself

      November 29, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • mark

        You have no idea who I am or what I do you moron. I guarantee my job an the money I make contribute to this country exponentially more than this worthless POS and his greasy family ever has. And here I go generalizing again, but I'll bet that goes for you and your contributions as well.

        November 29, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yvonne

      How dare you?! How dare any of you pass judgement on this child or any other young promising human being who only wants the same opportunities other self righteous imbeciles take for granted!! You are a disgrace to the human race. May you NEVER feel the despair this young child felt.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • mark

        Yvonne, you are an idiot at worst and completely naive at best. I have every right to condemn these people because I LIVE HERE. I AM A LEGAL CITIZEN. THEY ARE NOT. The simple fact of the matter is this country does not have the resources to house the entire frigging world, like you seem to think we do. You and this entire country needs to wake up to this very simple fact.

        November 29, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Darph

    They are ALL criminals PERIOD! If you come to this country illegally you are a CRIMINAL! You don't get the rights of the people that live here or the ones that did it legally. If you are illegal and have a kid here, the kid should be an illegal too. Why should you get rewards for being a good criminal?
    Too bad this kid killed himself, if he was as smart as they try to make him look he would have gone back to Mexico and tried to get in legally.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  46. MikeMazzla

    Im not religious and pretty much an athiest..but something tells me the clowns in here who are making fun if this poor kid and saying they wished more should do it are the same idiots who pretend to be Christians... Ask yourself this red necks.. what would Jesus say about this...im sure its nnot what you are. But go ahead and go to yoru fake church and pretend you are religious.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darth Cheney

      Mike, a gallant effort but these folks' Jesus is a gun-totin', NASCAR-lovin', Mexican-hatin' Teabagger. I've tried the same appeal and it doesn't work.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  47. MikeMazzla

    I bet all you red neck clowns who are making comments how you are happy this kid did this are the same religious A holes who pretend to be "christian" and go to your hee haw churchs and pretend to follow the word of "jesus'. We all know what Jesus would think of all this...and yet this pleases you.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • DoNotWorry

      How melodramatic of you. I'm not a redneck, etc. but I accept no responsibility for a young man who is mentally disturbed and committed suicide. What atmosphere did his parents create in their "illegal" household that had this other melodramatic young man commit suicide... and had CNN report it like it was valid. He lives in Texas and Texas allows illegals to attend college. The Dream Act would give citizenship as well. Are any of you really saying that his home country, Mexico, is so vile that he should commit suicide rather than go home? I lived (legally) in Mexico for 8 years and it is not that bad, folks.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • MikeMazzla

        Its hardly melodramatic...im just speaking as a human being and saying if you pretend to be a Christian ( and i dont mean a pedophile..i mean a true Christian whatever that means) you would feel sad for this happening and also woudl all you could do to help those less fortunate,,,be they illegals or not. Thats what Jesus would do LOL but I like how you didnt address my post.

        November 29, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • EnnMedina

      I'm also sick and tired of people that have that mindset. -_- They need to grow up

      November 29, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  48. gary

    all those sick, paranoid xenophobic greedy GOP's will be dancing on this young man's grave. This story is SO unAmerican. No wonder the world hates us.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeMazzla

      All the while pretending they are religious and follow the word of "jesus". If there was a jesus im sure he would be thrilled with this story.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • ModerateMainer

        I thought I remembered a parable in the Bible about Jesus telling his followers to "protect their own and the hell with everyone else," and I really like the story where Jesus and his followers build a giant wall to keep non-Jews out of Canaan. Those are important parts the Bible right?

        November 29, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Double R

      Couldn't have said it better myself.
      Sweet dreams Bachmann!

      November 29, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lucy's Mom

      This young man was obviously troubled. To blame his suicide on the GOP or any other American that opposes the DREAM ACT (I oppose it and am a life-long Democrat) is dangerous and disgusting. He lived in Texas and could have attended college with IN-STATE TUITION! He could have gone back to his home country with an Engineering Degree and worked in his profession to make his home country better. Is the US the ONLY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD FOR DREAMS? If so, we're doomed!

      November 29, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      Why do the idiots always seem to forget that BOTH political parties are just as bad as the other?

      November 29, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Leaf on the Wind

        Ain't that the truth!

        November 29, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Mike

    There are already enough STEM so called unemployed graduates in the US, they are called postdocs and PhDs that cant find work in academia or industry. Considered overqualified for industry and short on applied experience since colleges are not graduating applied natural science PhDs but rather narrow specialized subfields that dont promote problem solving to todays world problems. After doing a one year postdoc and then recieving unemployment because I worked for a startup company, I am considered too overqualifed for technician and bench level positions. We dont need anymore PhD scientists, dont believe the myth about higher education leading to better job stability. We are subsidizing our science jobs with overseas R&D, importing H1 visas, J1 visas, and creating a permanent low paid adjunct faculty and postdoc job after postdoc job. For those that dont know what a postdoc job is, it is a position that one holds temporarily after doing 5-7 years in graduate school, the postdoc typically pays 35K a year and is not a permanent position. Try to live as a scientist and you will be poor forever in the US.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • DoNotWorry

      I was offered a scholarship to finish my education, and found out I would make less as a prof than as a paralegal. That is, if I could even get a job, they are few and far between. I passed. I now plan to take some of MIT's online courses for personal interest.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  50. DoNotWorry

    All this wah wah amounts to is that illegal aliens are screaming banshees at the thought of returning to their home country and going to school in their home country. Perhaps they should take their free U.S. education back to Mexico and clean that dump up.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      How can he return to a country he barely remembers and pay for mistakes of his parents. And realistically the effects the collapse of lehman had on the economy, would be a joke compared to what the exodus (gradual or immediate) of 11 million illegals will have on our economy, way of life and reputation.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • MexicanAmericann

      I agree with you. I am first gen. born in the US on my Fathers side. He hates all the illegals that claim zero on taxes working with false SSN#'s Sooo many take advantage, and cry about everything. They get so much here. They need to stop screwing over those they filed, and went to interviews to be able to get valid work visas. Lets face it there is a small amount of truth to the fact immigrants will do work that most Americans wont, but that dont mean we should give them free medical, and schooling. They need to pitch in as well, and not pop out 40 kids per single family home. The economy is in such a crappy state that we have plenty of people that joined in order to become a US citizen. It sickens me when I hear my battle buddies complain at the hispanics we have in our ranks in the military. I respect those that put on the same uniform as me in order to provide the best that they can to their country. I dont care if they send money back home either. They said sign me up and ship me out so I can work here legally when I get out the military. Thats more than what this immigrant did. Are we really supposed to shed a tear and feel sorry for him? What about all the American children born here watching their parents struggle to find a job? Or the older Americans that worked hard and getting peanuts on social security...show stories on them...Not Illegals!!

      November 29, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Bryan

    Now, if we can only convince the other some odd 11 million illegal aliens to do this...we are on the right track...

    November 29, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • gary

      I do hope you don't claim to be Xtian .. maybe a Satanist? Certainly unAmerican

      November 29, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reener

      Cruel statement. Senseless loss. But America has given amnesty twice before and it doesn't work. This young man's family needs to hold their home country accountable for providing a decent place to live instead of looking to America to provide that for them. I'm hispanic but understand that there is a bottom to the money bags and clearly illegals are wanting a share that isn't theirs. I know of illegals when asked if they would be alright being here legally and paying taxes saying no! They like all the free stuff and the stuff they can walk away from paying. My proof: look at the mess Arizona and California are in. Not all illegals are like this I know but enough to cause a problem for our economy. Don't get me wrong the southwest had mexicans long before the white europeans but the economy changes everything.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • amanda

        You are blaming powerless people for the problem with the economy? Genius .....NOT!

        November 29, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Not feeling sorry.

    Jokes on him. Going to college doesn't mean a solid career and great job anymore. It's all about who you know now a days. If you don't have connections, expect to work at Walmart. Truth hurts, but it is truth none the less.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jakey

      Not true at all, if you are hardworking and smart you don't need connections to become successful.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nope

      Not true at all. Hard work still exists and is a part of it. Knowing people helps, but it's not the only option.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Mike

    Parents always had an option to send him to college in their legal country. Lot of kids (citizens) go to medical school in the Caribbean because it is cheaper. Here I see parents at fault.....don't break laws . Think about it this way if you are behind bars no one is going to care for you kid.....same reasoning for living illegally !!!!

    November 29, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      By the way how did an illegal family get a gun

      November 29, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • More2it

        Good point...

        November 29, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tiller In Texas

        They broke another law..

        November 29, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • amanda

      True that these days people can go to college in other countries but that is not for everyone. Not everybody wants to be away form their family that far juts to go to college. Beside, he is only 18. He doesn't know all the possible option he may find. All he knew was that what he knew as home treating him like a stranger.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Idlawdog

    I am confused. The story said this young man is from Mission, Texas. I believe Texas passed a law in 2001 allowing illegal immigrants to pay in-state college tuition at Texas schools.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • HerbH

      ....IF they can afford that....

      November 29, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • P.Y

        so,we not only have to let him finish his education,we have to pay for it too?

        November 29, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Charlie_In_VA

        In Liberal America, we not only have to give illegals the same rights as naturalized citizens, we also have o foot the bill.

        November 29, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Celia

      That was my thought, as well. Living in Texas, he should be able to attend college if he or his parents can afford the in-state tuition. Did he try to get in a recieve a rejection letter? Was he afraid to apply thinking his status would be discovered? There are too many questions left unanswered.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Frontera

    I'd like to say that college was an option for this kid, but if he was too foolish to realize that he could attend college in Texas and many other states (as well as any number of excellent universities in Mexico), then he probably wasn't cut out for college in the first place.
    .
    If he was really driven to suicide by a belief that he couldn't attend college, then shame on his parents and his guidance councellors for leaving him in that state of ignorance.
    .
    CNN = CONJECTURE NEWS NETWORK
    .
    Thanks for the slanted, POS reporting, as usual, CNN

    November 29, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anthony

      he could not go to college because he was unregistered in the school system

      November 29, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gbird

      Nobody forced you to read the story.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Native Texan

    If there is any blame, it is to the parents that didn't work to come into this country legally. It is not the passing or not passing of the Dream Act.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joan Castro

      I agree wholeheartedly. The parents put him in that position and then expect us to shoulder the blame for their actions.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  57. LSDelicious

    That's sad, I guess he's definitely not going to college now.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martha

      Seems a little over-the-top -- and would have been easier to get a student visa!! We issue millions of them! This article is stupid and either he didn't try to get a visa or used not getting one as a reason to end his life!! Stupid article!

      November 29, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Vince

    This is a ridiculous article. Typical slanted garbage for pro illegal alien crowd. The kid obviously had mental issues that extend beyond the Dream Act, which I am NOT opposed to. I can't afford to send my daughter to college so should she kill herself? Should I? People are suffering all over. So, should we give equal time to those who are suffering because of unrestricted illegal immigration from Mexico. How about the Border Patrol agent who was shot and killed by a Mexican Coyote? How many people are suffering due to insufficient health care, driven up by the costs of subsidizing care for illegals? There are two sides to every story.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • ModerateMainer

      Please read the article. Money was not mentioned. He was distressed at the fact that the entire opportunity was closed off to him, regardless of his actions. In other words, he felt as though his situation was hopeless.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Vince

        Lots of people are distressed. There are a million things in this world you can have and there a million things in this world that you can't have. Nobody likes it but those are the facts. If he wanted to be angry with someone, he could have looked at his parents.

        November 29, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  59. huh

    How did he get a gun?

    November 29, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeMazzla

      Its Texas bro.. you can get a gun along with your flannel shirt and cowboy hat at the local store

      November 29, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • amanda

        I love Texas for that.

        November 29, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  60. mememe

    Strange stuff this. Is this supposed to be.....what? I don't even want to go there LOL

    November 29, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  61. ArmyCSM

    JCBB, Your kind – no you specifically think you know all the answers. But you do not. I could pick your face out in the local Wal-Mart everyday. Angry at a world you no longer control, a world that gave you every pportunity to excell, gave you every oppounity
    to be all you could be at the expense of others and still you Failed. Now you are bitter and mean.. You have never contributed anything to make this society a better place. You have complained, whinned, and pointed your finger at the "other one" the other kind. Your self rightousness is so dominating that your wife votes opposite of you when the voting curtains are closed. Your kids hate to come home. Your dog even despise you. You should be ashame of yourself and you probably are. GOD I hope you aren't someone I know.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  62. woodrow

    I'm a U.S. citizen and I couldn't afford to go to college and I didn't kill myself because of it. If you are suicidal don't blame the immigration service.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • amanda

      You are not 18 and may be college is not as important to you as for him. Have some compassion.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Tom

    We give scholarships to foreigners and illegals all the time. At least in MA. I don't see why this was done

    November 29, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • amanda

      because those furriners would take this country further than you would.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Jason

    I like it.

    More please

    November 29, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  65. sumanadevii

    We wouldn't have blood on our hands if we loaded them up and sent them home. Sheriff Joe for President!!!!

    November 29, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Jimbo

    What a wortless story. I'm sorry for his family's loss, but using this story to make people feel bad about not supporting the Dream Act is completely ridiculous. So it's our fault he killed himself? Get real Mr. Romo, you are a POS.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yo

      II agree. Plenty of American citizens don't go to college. Most do not. They don't kill themselves.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anthony

        Yes but most people want to go to college

        November 29, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • ModerateMainer

        I always wonder if really stupid people realize how stupid they are. Feel free to provide some insight on that.

        November 29, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • chikiak

        Many americans want to go to college but cant: 2 different things man:
        1) An american who had everything in his power to go to college, but he chose not to (lazy work at school, failing grades– or maybe he has some other plan in life.

        2) This guy gave it his all to go to college. But no matter how hard he works, he just plain cant go to college.

        Not the same thing. Btw this guy was raised in America from when he was a kid. Its not like when he was 3 years old he can walk up to his parents and say "hey guys, according the law we are not allowed to enter". 3 yrs old for heavens sake. He has grown up 20 yrs here and he probably doesnt even know what mexico looks like- not his fault. The past is the past. Lets focus on the future and make sure no more get in.

        November 29, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • jojo

        Lets open up our eyes to what the real truth here is. The kid probably had other issues than just not being able to go to college. And for CNN to put this out there this way is shamefull. There are millions of AMerican kids who can't go to college and they are not killing themselves. It just seems someone wants to push more loose imigration issues here. So let's get on to real news.

        November 29, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rush

      Ahhh...your compasion warms my heart. YOU are everything the GOP stands for today.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimbo

      Rush, I'm not even a Republican. People like you are the problem with this country today, assuming everything has to be partisan, one way or the other. Using stories like this to push an agenda is outrageous and the only reason you support it is becuase is backs the agenda you support.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Peikovianii

    Another reason to confiscate all civilian weapons and leave only the government with the weapons. They'll know what to do next. They know everything.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Like Mexico, where private gun ownership is basically illegal? How's that working out for them?

      November 29, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • ModerateMainer

      Hahahahah. Clearly the causes of Mexico's violence is a lack of personal handguns. Either that or there are murderous cartels roaming freely. One or the other. I also like how you ignore the MOUNTAINS of data from other, less-armed nations. Of course you would do that though, I have yet to meet a Conservative you presents whole, coherent arguments. Although, I will concede it is a much easier practice to cherry-pick outliers and red-herrings. Well-Done.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  68. FredGarvin

    Heartless Republicans. Those who would deny talented people the chance at the American Dream. I'm not a fan of Newt but at least he has the guts to stand up to the right wing nut jobs that think being an American is a private club with no room for new members. There is no set definition to what America is or an American. Someday we will all be judged by God and how we treat our fellow man. For all you conservatives who wear you family values on your sleeves...good luck with that!

    November 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anthony

      I agree absolutely agree

      November 29, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Do you consider having law breaking parents a talent?

      November 29, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yo

      II am ae and pay out of state tuition Democrat. Have you seen the cost of state colleges lately? Most Americans don't go to college. Plenty are talented. Plenty don't go to college. Most Americans don't go to college. No one is denying talented people but their parents. They can go to college, or utilize the programs in their home country. When I was in undergrad the college I went to was thousands of miles away. Many people I grew up with studued abroad. The philosophy is that by being immersed in college and new things you have a better chance of success. Graduation rates show this philosophy works

      November 29, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • lcoppe

      Key words FredGarvin – AMERICAN DREAM, NOT ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT DREAM. Perhaps, you could sponsor some of the illegals, help them to become LEGAL, and PAY for their college education.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • MLS

      There is no one who wishes to deny the American dream, we only wish to deny the continued defiance of our recognized laws.
      Even Christ said "Give Ceasars things to Ceasar" , meaning OBEY the Laws of the Land

      November 29, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • mntest347

      Fred –

      He could go to college in many states – so his suicide cannot be about that. Perhaps that he was here illegally? Seems his parents are responsible for that.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • slozudo

      Fred, what part of the word ILLEGAL, do you not understand??

      November 29, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • David, CA

      A lot of 'compassionate conservatives" arm chair governing in here. Makes me want to vomit. Sounds like they were born 50 years late of a lynch mob.

      November 29, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Karin

    He can go to College and pay in state tuition in many states..I find this horrible that they even published this nonsense on why he killed himself. He had mental health problems. Do we print an article where a child commits suicide bacause they don't have money or they are homeless? This is entirely a political nonsense....A shame he had mental issues and it is a shame his parents put him in this situation.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • INCA

      EXACTLY. These kids are allowed to go to college. Typical Loony Liberals, exploiting a tragedy to get their "point across". Good Grief

      November 29, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charlie

      I agree

      November 29, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vela

      where is the dislike button for your comment?

      November 29, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Bryan

    Now if we could just get the some odd 11 million other illegal aliens to do that...

    November 29, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denise

      What an awful thing to say. This young man truly felt like he had no future here and it drove him to his death. Everyone deserves opportunities. He could have been the next great inventor, author, CEO, who knows what his potential was?

      November 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Brad

    I've lived in other countries including Mexico, and guess what, they have colleges there too!!

    November 29, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reality Check

      Really why couldn't he go to college in his native land. Another thing that this story doesn't touch on is that the majority of U.S. citizens do not go to college. This is a politically motivated article. It is intended to make the reader think people have some human right to go to college and the only opportunity is in the US. therefore it is somehow unfair if someone cant be here illegally or otherwise for college. When again most humans, Americans included will never go to college or kill themselves becasue they can't go in America or at all.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      That's not the point. Haiti, one of the poorest, if not the poorest country in the world has a University too but just because you go to University in Haiti or Mexico does not mean you will end up being successful and benefiting the country. Americans invest billions of dollars into Universities (Harvard = 32 Billion Dollars, and many other universities have at least 100 million dollars, etc) and the QUALITY of education in the states is just higher than anywhere else due to the investments made by the government. An average educated household in the United States make WAY more money than an average educated household in Mexico and that is why people come to the states to get educated and in some cases even leave and make a difference to their own countries. (The Brain Drain effect) So yes, Mexico has universities but these teens are more pressured than an average American citizen to get themselves out of the poverty line, and therefore, more pressured to get into Universities located in the states.

      November 29, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Ezekiel Yoder

    What a disgusting use of a family tragedy to push a political agenda. This young man obviously had far greater problems than the Dream Act not passing. Look at the 20 million or more illegal immigrants that have kept on living their life compared to the one very troubled young man that took his own life. As if this represents a cause/effect. Nice work CNN. Another right down the middle article. I'm surprised Mr. Romo didn't close the article with, "And those opposed to the Dream Act now have blood on their hands."

    November 29, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      Well put.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Joe Schmoe

    He could have gone to college in his own country.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Or, got a job.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • neaf

        Can't get a job if you are illegal.

        November 29, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • JP

      This is his country, he grew up here. He didn't make the decision to come to this country illegally, his parents did. They broke the law, why should he have to pay for their mistakes? We as a country should be welcoming anybody who has the heart to become educated and improve our country while we deport nimrods like you that practice flat out open racism masked by pure ignorance.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • More2it

        Oh stop it! Joe's comment hardly reeks of racism. Geez, people throw that word out anytime there is a disagreement regarding illegal immigration.

        November 29, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Me

    "I cant go to college, so I am going to kill myself"?
    Surely there is more to the story. Whatever problems this young man had that caused him to commit suicide, it is hard to believe that college was anywhere near the top of the list.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anthony

      I would shoot myself

      November 29, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • mop

        Most us citizens don't go to college and don't kill themselves. so this story doesn't even make sense. It is strange to me that people think it is a tragedy when a criminal doesn't go to college but their kids who do well in school can't afford it or get booted by someone who has no legal right to even apply

        November 29, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • ArmyCSM

      No it is not! You probably have never wanted something so basic, so badly in your privileged life. Keep living...

      PEOPLE STOP BEING SO HEARTLESS!!

      I've served two tours in Iraq and one in Aghanistan and I have never run into any enemy as heartless as you assoles on these sites. You really aggravates my PTSD, Outta here!

      November 29, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Brandon

        Illegals CAN go to college in texas. So this kid had NO reason to off himself, unless his family is twisting it into something political. He may have not wanted to go to college, but the parents saw this as a chance to get some press, sadly. You forget how selfish the human race is.

        November 29, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Back2Cali

    what country hasn't suffered imperialism?

    November 29, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Shari

    I find it INCREDIBLY disturbing that this article makes implies Mr. Luna could not attend college in Texas because he of his immigration status- which is NOT true. Since 2001, the legislation provided for illegal immigrants to pay the **in-state** residential rates in Texas colleges and universities (assuming they meet other entrance requirements), as long as such applicants have (1) resided in Texas for at least three years, (2) graduated from a Texas high school and (3) can prove work is being accomplished toward their U.S. citizenship.

    This is VERY shallow reporting. I expect more from CNN.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shari

      Sorry for the typos/grammatical errors. Was typing and doing three things at once.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • adunbar

        Hopefully, the grammar police are still on vacation.

        November 29, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon M.

      You can't apply for citizenship while being in the country illegally.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • DoNotWorry

        My ex husband did. We flew down to Mexico and registered with the consulate. Big deal.

        November 29, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denise

      And how easy is it to prove you are working on becoming a citizen? First of all you have to be a permanent resident. If you mean that you have to prove you're working on your residency, that's a whole different thing. So if you have to prove you're working on becoming a resident, it means you had some form of immigration relief. This doesn't apply to almost any of the people who would benefit from the DREAM Act. If they had a way to become LPRs, they would have done it. This young man in the article had no form of relief, so how could he go to college in Texas or anywhere else?

      November 29, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Shari

        Denise – Have you been to a college in Texas lately? My nieces are at A&M right now. STRANGELY enough, it seems quite a few of their friends were brought here when they were children, are not legal US citizens and are enrolled at A&M paying in state tuition. It does not seem to be wholly insurmountable. Could be all you have to do to prove you’re working toward US Citizenship is you’ve filled out some paperwork. Though I have no doubt it’s more of a paper tiger than something that simple.

        Please realize my issue with the article is it is spinning hyperbole about this tragedy, trying to pass it off as legit reporting.

        November 29, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  77. yannaes

    Should not have broken the law of the land that you occupied.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • adunbar

      Here is just a hypothetical. I'm sure any student of history will agree that just because something is illegal doesn't mean it is wrong. The other way around also applies. Therefore, does your comment always apply? Does it apply to American's undercover in Iran?

      November 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  78. HunterPSU

    Obviously a sad story but to use this story for political purposes is pathetic. I look at it a little differently. Likely other problems with this youth. Mental / depression whatever. Maybe related to outside factors maybe not. But why should we pay for an illegal to go to college and potentially in this persons case mental health dollars for someone that was not stable. Our country cannot afford to solve the worlds problems. It is a shame they put themselves in this position by trying to blame others for their own families mistake.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • adunbar

      Good thing we don't consider ourselves a Christian nation anymore. Otherwise, we'd have to contend with commandment after commandment urging horrifying things, like caring for the stranger in the land, helping the poor, protecting the widows, and aiding the orphans.

      Whew! Glad we can just brush all that stuff away.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • HunterPSU

        Sorry cannot solve all the worlds problems. We have enough to take care as is. christian or not christian same answer. Christians understand ...obey laws that are just. Border immigration policy is just. Best way to prevent further disappointments like this is make it clear. You come here illegally you break our law no service, no medical, no school. So dont come to our country illegally unless you understand that. Enforce the border, enforce the laws, make it uncomfortable and start a worker temp program with permits. No anchor babes...and employers that hire illegals will be fined. Only christian thing to do is tell the truth and make the rules clear.

        November 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • Skip

        Well, I think the nation is still Christian, at least so far in lynching gays and Muslims, and preaching conversion.

        November 29, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anthony

      But if you think about it the beneficial factors of having brilliant minds in the us would eventually lead to a better country but other wise they could serve the military and become a US citizen there is no bad side to this we will eventually gain something out of this. i have read the bill and it will only apply to people with good conduct, no criminal record, and other standards set in the bill

      November 29, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Helen

    It's been a ton of fun trading jibes with you all today! What a waste of time.

    You all have far too much time on your hands!!

    Bye! I have to go sharpen some arrows and do some hoodoo on you all now!
    And if you believe all that, I have this GREAT bridge for sale!!

    Take care. It's really too bad everyone can't get along or do something else constructive with all this energy!

    November 29, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Santosaint

      Another backward person. Blaming us for the same thing Helen is doing...back at you baby!

      November 29, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Santosaint

    Our society is to blame. While politicians and their supporters fight over who gets credit (because comprehensive immigration reform will happen) and make excused as to why they can't get it together to fix anything our country goes into the toilet. We all watch on the sidelines while all this happens but don't take credit for the vile and contemptuous disregard for humanity that many Americans have in regards to immigration and everything else that ails our troubled nation.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • jcbb

      No, his parents are to blame. First of all, they decided to sneak into the US with children with pretty much no way of becoming legal, ever, this is called being irresponsible. Second of all, they have failed at educating their son to be positive and strong no matter the situation. Lastly, they have failed at detecting any signs of suicide or depression in their son to prevent this tragic event.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  81. jcbb

    Yes they were. But you can't do anything about it now.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  82. MLS

    Just another bleeding heart liberal story in an attempt to get us to "feel sorry" for the illegal immigrants that are draining our resources.
    Did he or his family attempt to gain leagal staus?????
    Is the US the only country where one can obtain a college education????
    Exactly how do illegals get guns???????

    November 29, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Helen

      They get guns illegally! of course!

      November 29, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Helen

    OK, you all are victims of the "open mouth and run it without having any valid thoughts to share" syndrome!
    Goodbye, my fellow idiots. Outta here! Where are all my arrows when I need them?

    November 29, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Santosaint

      No thoughts are invalid. Some are just note worthy and others not so much.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Woohoo

    Santosaint
    You like to put words in people's mouth...Is that the way you argue? If so then you are only debating yourself.

    I said Law is Law. Yes it is Broken, but it is still law. I blame the individual for shooting himself....I don't know what attempts the Family made at legally immigrating to this country so I don't judge them on that. I do know by what was stated in this article, they were here illegally, so do I pitty them for not recieving a Free College education that should go to someone who has gone through the process...NO.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Santosaint

      Law is law. So there are many laws on the books that would land you in jail for what you do in your bedroom. Do those broken laws need to be enforced? There are many broken laws, but we don't enforce them nor should we but immigration is different. Why, because you want to be priveledged? That's what the 14 amendment protects us from.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • lawslaw

        Illegal is illegal law is the law... When the wall street protestor camp out at the park the new york mayor stated ( THE PROTESTOR VIOLATE THE ORDINANCE ) and they are arrested all over the country..... Now tell me this if the USA is donating to all these countries that needed. Well give those countries the visa to come here and work only and paid taxes for two years and go back to invest with the money they make here ... Now did that solve the labor problems.

        November 29, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • DoNotWorry

        So because the laws are not always well written, at least to suit you, it means that all illegal aliens should be pandered to by legal citizens? I don't suppose you have a vested interest in another Amnesty?

        November 29, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • LJ

      Actually, a little known and often hid fact is that the founding founders put trials into the hands of the jury because nobody other than the citizenry itself (not legislators, not judges) is qualified to decide on the validity and morality of the application of the law. It was supposed to be an additional layer of checks and balances. Lawyers and politicians have done all they can to hide this. We need more activist juries!

      November 29, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  85. DNADEB

    I think we should have shut the doors in 1800 when all of my ancestors were here.
    if not, then why should we say no to anyone?

    November 29, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Santosaint

      Ok, I get your point but we have to say NO to most because we can't handle the influx of immigrants but our current immigration laws don't help anything. Some laws promote you staying here in an illegal status because our immigration system is just riddled with band-aids and sticky notes. The times are changing and our laws need to bring in the best and brightest as well as a well-rounded mix of peoples from around the world. The whole problem began when we started placing quotas on the peoples of all countries. It should be do you qualify and when you got in line. Not what country do you come from.

      November 29, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Santosaint

    No land is of the people. All land is of God. That's the biggest problem – thinking you have a right to some piece of land and it is the cause of all wars. Men are the ones that establish borders and then defends them through force. WE USED TO BE DIFFERENT. By the way, we let all the terrorists into the U.S. legally. Yep, they used our immigration laws (the same ones everyone wants enforced) to get a visa and then entered legally. Have you heard of an illegal immigrant terrorist? I've heard all the ones on 9/11 had visas (even though one was expired, he still go in legally) and then subsequent terrorist attempts were made by U.S. citizens born here OR they were naturalized under existing immigration laws. Ya'll crack me up screaming seal off the southern border but there are more terrorist cells working in Canada than Mexico. They even had a terroris convention in Chicago a couple of years ago but we didn't talk about rounding them up and deporting them. When is the last time you heard of a Mexican terrorist, an illegal alien? So sad that this kid killed himself but at least he didn't go on a rampage with that gun...SEE THE DIFFERENCE? Or are you so full of it that you can't see the difference?

    November 29, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Woohoo

      The point is it is still Illegal...No matter what rant you want to use. Yes land is land owned by no man..or whatever you say. There are Governments responsible for each piece of land, and there are laws. Yes this seemed like it was a good kid, but the point you make about terrorists just solidifies the other comments about how easy it is to get School Visas or Work Visas, or even I551 cards.

      November 29, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Santosaint

        So you agree that our immigration laws are broken but yet you still want to blame the immigrant and enforce the laws that allowed the terrorists in the country?! BACKWARD.

        November 29, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Jeep Girl

    I was born and raised in this country legally. I was raised by a single (by no fault of her own) mother of 4 with no college education or wealthy family members to help. She worked hard and was able to raise us without seeking any government assistance. I started working when I was 14 years old and when graduation time came I realized that college would not be an option for me (at least not at that time) as my mother certainly could not afford it and as I was not a minority/single parent/ etc there were no scholarships for me. I continued to work hard and now at 27 have a good job, my own home, and NO DEBT (other than my mortgage of course). I would like to take courses but simply can not afford it yet I see others (minorities) who get PAID to go to school. How is that fair?

    November 29, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Volleyball Chick

      Good For you. We need hard workers in this country such as you. You are surely an inspiration to me and hopefully others out there. I wish you the best of luck. God Bless You.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • you are an idiot - sorry

      Anyone who wants to go to college in this country can go to college – quit making excuses and blaming "minorities" for your laziness.Enough excuses,! And stop reading your KKK manuals – they aren't helping you either.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denise

      The fact that you did not have an opportunity to go to school should make you angry at our government! You were poor and you were denied access to higher education because you couldn't afford it. Be angry at our government for your lack of opportunity, don't be angry at a child who came here by no choice of his own and is seeking those same opportunities you were denied!

      November 29, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marquise

      Many minorities graduated from college without government assistance. I was one of them and I graduated debt free. While attending college I saw many Whites receiving Pell grants. If you are low income the government will assist you regardless of race. Stop whining!

      November 29, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tiffany

      Honey, I had a worse life then you, but yet I am in college......so I am not understanding how you can't afford school, yet you can afford a house? LOL

      November 29, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  88. booby

    chilinga unless you know where we all are from shut your trap

    November 29, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  89. illegalsrcriminal

    tooo bad his parents brought this upon their son by coming into this country illegally – they could have – and should have – remedied their situation long ago by starting the LEGAL immigration process.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Santosaint

      So in your ignorant opinion, you really think anybody can just get in line to get legal?! Go to http://travel.state.gov and do some research. NOT JUST ANYONE CAN GET IN LINE!

      November 29, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Woohoo

        And not everyone should be in this country...That is why immigrant is preceded by illegal.

        November 29, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Steve46

    Why don't they go back to their country and fight for a better way of life like our fore fathers did here. Don't come here illegal and expect us to welcome you with open arms. We all work hard for what we have and I for one am tired of paying for illegal people's school, food, rent, health care, etc.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • chilanga

      Ummm... unless you're Native American, you're forefathers didn't 'stay' anywhere to fight for a better way of life.

      November 29, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anthony

        I like your comment i strongly agree

        November 29, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • annonymouse

        That is a stupid comment. NativeAmericans came from Asia. So I guess they didn't stay and fight for a better life either.

        November 29, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Santosaint

      You miss direct your anger over who makes you pay taxes for education and such. Maybe you would do good in supporting Rick Perry or Ron Paul because they both want to do away with the ecucation department.

      The problem with your opinion is that you blame the immigrant but don't place any blame on the broken patch work of laws that this country calls immigration law. Did you know there is a punishment (current immigration law) that doesn't get imposed until you leave the country? Don't you think that as an illegal immigrant if I leave I will be punished for 10 years but if I never leave I don't receive the penalty? Some of our immigration laws encourage illegal immigration and so does the cost. Immigration is priced so high that this also encourages illegal immigration and some never apply even though they can. This is only one example, there are many many more examples of broken immigration law. We need to fix it instead of pointing fingers at everyone else.

      November 29, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Denise

        Our laws are so ridiculous, they encourage illegal immigration. Think about the fact that someone may be waiting in line for over 20 years to get a visa! Who wants to wait for 20 years?! Our system is truly broken.

        November 29, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gabe

      Our forefathers invaded the Natives and basically took what they wanted. These people crossing now are basically coming to a place that was once theirs. They're not asking for their land back nor are they fighting for it, all they want is an education and a better way of life. The hate you have for these people is the hate you should have for the government that is broken. All your problems now are because of a broken government and lucrative corporations that are taking every penny we own. Stop blaming a group of people for your problems, it didn't work for Nazi Germany and it will not work in America.

      November 29, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • cupofsoup

        your comment was very dumb, you think mexicans were just returning back to there land that the evil white man took. check your history what the spanish did to the natives was geoncide

        November 29, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • huxley

      Its a complete fabrication that illegals collect welfare or get food, rent, etc. Illegals can't collect welfare or any of those social programs. They are illegal... They don't even have a valid SSN. They're the last person to walk into a government building.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Jules

    What was he doing with a gun?

    November 29, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Woohoo

      Shooting himself......

      November 29, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Dust Bunny

    Yeah, I thought I wouldn't go to college because I'm learning disabled, which is a lot more insurmountable than being in the wrong country. He could have gone to college in Mexico–I'd still be learning disabled no matter where I lived. But I didn't kill myself.

    The U.S. is not doing this to illegal immigrants: Being painted into a corner is the logical outcome of breaking laws and living in a country in which you have no legal right to live. They are doing it to themselves and their children. His parents need to look at themselves in the mirror before they go crying foul about Big, Bad, Immigration Policy.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Santosaint

      As a person with learning disabilities I can understand why one would be bitter but lack compassion as well?! You of all people should understand the benefits of having a young and resourceful pool of workers since they pay taxes when they buy anything and the majority of the immigrants I work with pay income taxes but don't reap any of the rewards of social welfare programs because they don't qualify nor do they want to harm their chances of ever legalizing so I don't even know where those lies come from that all illegal immigrants live on welfare. On the contrary, they pay for Americans on welfare and social programs. You should be grateful not bitter.

      November 29, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dust Bunny

        I *am* one of those young[ish] and resourceful workers, and I pay for those people, too. I was born here–so I have a legal right to be here–and had sense enough not to have kids I couldn't afford. I've never gotten a dime in aid, even when I was making below living wage (but too much for help). I have, however, paid taxes for my illegal neighbors' six kids to have free school lunches and healthcare. Six kids who shouldn't have been born here because their parents shouldn't have been here in the first place.

        November 29, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Disco

    Yes pls go to college in your own country (to the parents mostly) make your own country a better place. Life will only improve if everybody stops jumping ship and coming to America.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mofo

      so it's that simple? Boy...what was he thinking. Are you a wizard?

      November 29, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anthony

      we all want a good life and some money and that's why our founding fathers built this country not just for their people but for everyone in the world.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • mother goose

      I don't know why people are so racist. No one in this country is truly from here even our ancestor are from a different country. Just because you are born here it does not mean anything because honestly no one can really say that they are 100% American. It is not his parents fault either because once you have a child all you really want to do is try to give them the best life. You don't want them to be living in the same situation as you. A true parent that really loves his or her child does even the most impossible thing to make sure that their children grow up to be somebody good in life. So if people honestly don't have a child then you should not be blaming the parents. Also this is the reason why we NEED the Dream Act. There are many young adults that WANT learn and become somebody in life. Why are teachers wasting their time on students that don't do anything? They should stop that and actually help all the students that want to go to college and graduate. Not the ones that don't do anything and are just messing around in class.

      November 29, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Soicanleavecomments OnBlogs

    What a waste.

    November 29, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  95. yogi

    It is sad that he had to kill himself. It seems like he even had his family around when he did that. But immigration problem is not what killed him it is the lack of motivation to struggle with life. Why do people constrain themselves in American Dream. Everybody want's better life but America is not the sole place on the world. Don't run after American Dream it just hurts you. Be calm, be patience and work hard you can be happy anywhere you go in this world.

    November 29, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Santosaint

      You seem to be clueless to how lucky you are to live in this country. With all our woes, we are nothing like Mexico or other countries that people want to emigrate to the U.S. It should make you proud that millions of people want to come to America because of what we stand for but instead some American's open their mouths and the dirty truth of bigotry, priveledged citizenry desires and lack of empathy pours out of their mouths like the slime left in the trail of a snail. icky and sticky. The reason we open our doors to immigrants is because they are young and resourceful. You can't even start to imagine the sacrifices one makes when they decide to give up on their homeland. American's have never been in that position but you don't care because you lack compassion. This kid shot himself and all you can do is comment on your own desires and stigma. ME ME ME that's all in ME says the bitter American.

      November 29, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • cupofsoup

        wow who died and made you Lord, your just another in a long line of American hating libs, do everyone on the planet a favor and follow this dumb kid lead

        November 29, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  96. RichP

    I guess that kid just appeared out of nowhere. No parents who actively decided to come here illegally and have an illegal child or children. Never thinking for a moment of the end results, as for gifted illegals, there are gifted people all over the world are they all to come here ? are we guilty for not allowing them too ? Sorry, but this was a dramatic statement and it's sad and a shame that he resorted to this kind of statement. When I was 18 my choice was the drafted and shot at in Vietnam or enlist and hope for the best.

    November 29, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Paul

    Blame the parents. They should've never brought their kid here illegally.

    November 29, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  98. chris

    So he was the citizen of another country, surely he could have gone to college there. If not then that's something for that other country to feel bad about. Why does CNN endlessly campaign for foreign criminals?

    November 29, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • aslan83

      speaking of foreign criminals, hows your great grandparents??

      November 29, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • Helen

        Right! I'm Native American. Why don't you ALL go back to Europe or wherever and take all those Africans you brought with you! This was never your land! Get out!

        November 29, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • Santosaint

        You don't get off easy either. Your forefathers emigrated to this land by way of the barron strait although many natives don't agree with this theory because I wouldn't want to find out that this wasn't my land either. Regardless, it was bigotry and hatred that put a bitter divide to those wanting to establish colonies and the natives. Look at what came of that land battle.

        November 29, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • Helen

        That was long before YOUR ancestors invaded.

        November 29, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • cupofsoup

        so you were here first very 3rd gradish of you to point out , you should be thanking my fore fathers for not completly externinating your race but alas we had libs then too, not to worry we will breed out your blood line with our evil ways and then the evil white mans work will be done... oh no here come the chinese to start it all over again oh poo

        November 29, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • c602206

        I'm part Native American but even "Native Americans" migtrated to this continent from the Asian continent.

        November 29, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • Marquise

        You can just walk back over the Bering Strait! If the Native Americans controlled America it would look like the rest of the Third World countries and no one would be sneaking over the border to come here. As a descendant of an African who did all the hard work to build the country I not going nowhere!

        November 29, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  99. MATT

    Teenagers kill themselves every day in America, whether they are citizens or not. Being emotionally-disturbed is not an illegal-immigrant-only problem. Why didn't this kid try to become a citizen? It isn't difficult(despite what some that never bothered to go through the process might claim).

    November 29, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nancy

      I agree. This is a sad situation...but people don't kill themselves because they can't go to college. They kill themselves b/c they are mentally disturbed and don't have healthy coping skills to deal with bad situations.

      November 29, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • aslan83

      yes matt,when teenagers kill themselves usually its related to drug and alcohol use or lack of parental care. Not in this case though, but nice try

      November 29, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • DoNotWorry

        Where was his parental care when he was contemplating suicide over a stupidity created by his own parents?

        November 29, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Santosaint

      Such an easy and ignorant statement. You evidently don't know anything about immigration law since you think anyone can just get in line. There is a line, but only to a few...most don't have a path to legalization. No matter what you want or how bad you want to emigrate to this country. When did people stop educating themselves but think they are educated? I believe in free speech but free speech doesn't mean it has to be ignorant speech.

      November 29, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Denise

        It annoys me so much when people clearly know nothing about immigration law! Most native born Americans think there are two types of people, citizens and illegal immigrants. They know nothing about the process to gain lawful status here. If they did know, I'm sure they would be outraged by the stupidity of our country's immigration laws! If this young boy saw any means of relief, I'm sure he would have pursued them.

        November 29, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • DoNotWorry

        He had to well know that the easiest path to citizenship is to marry a U.S. citizen. Having married an illegal Mexican, learned Spanish, and lived in Mexico 8 years as a (legal) alien... I never met a single Mexican national that did not know this. Since he lived here and was educated here, he knew exactly that. Not what I'd call NO path. He had emotional problems and committed suicide because of those emotional/family problems. Since Texas allows illegal aliens to attend college, it sure wasn't that. The Dream Act is a path to citizenship, and even without it, there are other ways. The young man was disturbed... look to his illegal family for that.

        November 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  100. echo40

    As a Legal Immigrant, the only person here to blame are his parents.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • jackp_78

      But this is America where it's always someone elses fault....

      November 29, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • DoNotWorry

        This is America where even immature people get to have their say. There are many responsible adults as well, which is why all these bratty ones can wallow around in their crybaby blues. This young man had emotional problems, no doubt based from his family life. Of course the latino community wants to use his suicide to further their agenda. Amazing how they will commit crimes, lie, cheat, and steal to become U.S. citizens. All the while disrespecting our country and our laws. They would turn it into a ghetto just like they did their own country. All this only works if the United States has a solid middle class working majority to support such nonsense.

        November 29, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
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