As the college semester draws to an end, we decided to check on Jonathan Chavez, the native of Peru and University of Arkansas Honors College student who was apprehended by Immigration and Customs Enforcement over Christmas as he traveled to visit his mother in Florida. He was detained for several weeks, but ICE let him return to Fayetteville in February.
Here's the update on Chavez: He went to court in Miami on April 5 and the judge, whom he described as "very nice and considerate," agreed to move the venue for his deportation hearing to Memphis to allow him to change representation. He will now be represented by the U of A at a hearing Nov. 9.
Chavez says he may graduate with a degree in vocal performance in December, but more likely it will be in May 2012. He has visited both Juilliard and the Manhattan School of Music and hopes to be accepted at one (he prefers the Manhattan School) to pursue a master's degree in operatic performance. If he's deported, he'll still try to pursue a master's degree in some other country, but he said he prefers to stay in the U.S., his home since junior high school.
When Chavez applied to the U of A, he left blank the space where he was to enter his Social Security number. He is attending school on a privately funded scholarship.