JESSICA RINALDI

Facing Deportation

Mario Rodas was twelve when his family brought him to the United States from Guatemala on a temporary visa. Mario attended Public Schools, became a member of the National Honor Society and graduated at the top of his class. He was working to put himself though college when he was picked up in an Immigration sweep and taken to jail. He now faces deportation back to his native Guatemala.

Undocumented worker Mario Rodas, 19, washes his face at his home in Chelsea, Massachusetts June 7, 2006.
  
Undocumented worker Mario Rodas, 19, (R) stands among friends and supporters at a
  
A friend flashes the victory symbol to undocumented worker Mario Rodas, 19, as he makes his way into the Federal Building for his deportation hearing in Boston, Massachusetts June 27, 2006.
     
  
Undocumented worker Mario Rodas, 19, talks to friends in Everett, Massachusetts after his deportation hearing June 27, 2006.
  
Undocumented worker Mario Rodas laughs with his friends during a Student Immigration Movement retreat in Sudbury, Massachusetts June 17, 2006.
  
Undocumented worker Mario Rodas walks his four-year-old brother Kevin, who is a legal US citizen, home from daycare in Chelsea, Massachusetts June 2, 2006.
     
  
Undocumented worker Mario Rodas, 19, waits for the bus en route to his deportation hearing in Chelsea, Massachusetts, June 27, 2006.
  
Undocumented worker Mario Rodas sits outside of his lawyer's office waiting for the employees to arrive the morning of his deportation hearing in Boston, Massachusetts June 27 2006.
  
Undocumented worker Mario Rodas and his lawyer share a moment on the way to his deportation hearing in Boston, Massachusetts June 27, 2006.
     
  
Undocumented worker Mario Rodas, 19 , walks down the front steps of his apartment in Chelsea, Massachusetts June 7, 2006. Rodas was picked up in a U.S. immigration sweep and now faces deportation from the United States back to his native Guatamala.