Last Friday, 18-year-old Joaquin Luna dressed himself in the suit he wore to church, then quietly shot himself in the bathroom of his family's home in Mission, Texas. He left behind a suicide note explaining his motive: He was distraught over his immigration status.
An ambitious high school student with good grades, Luna had been in the United States since he was six months old, but he had been unable to become a legal resident. Relatives have told media that he was especially crushed by the defeat late last year of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would have given him an opportunity to obtain legal status if he went to college, something he hoped to do.
Fox News Latino and the Tucson Citizen have posted an essay credited to Luna in which he writes about joining his family picking asparagus in earlier years, and his desire to become the family's first college graduate. An excerpt from the essay in today's Tucson Citizen post: