Undocumented Texan Teen Kills Self

An 18-year-old Texan student killed himself Friday night because he was undocumented and felt his dream of becoming an engineer was impossible.

The Family of Joaquin Luna told a local TV station (watch the report) that the teenager had left behind suicide letters explaining why he took his own life.

His sister, Diyre Mendoza, said that he was frustrated because the DREAM Act †– which would create a path to residency for those brought to the US like him as small children — had failed in Congress and appears unlikely to anytime soon.

“He didn’t (see) any other way or no other option,” she said.

On Friday night Joaquin had put on a suit and tie, kissed them, then went into the restroom and shot himself in the head.

His family said he was a dedicated student, had good grades and wanted to be an engineer. He had been responsible for designing and building ceilings in several of the rooms at their home.

“He was saying he was going to do this because he wasn’t going to be able to continue with his college,” Mendoza said.

His weeping mother told the TV station.

“Kids, donít take your life.Ē

ďWhen you want something bad enough, you can achieve it. Have faith in God and ask with all your heart that he give you opportunities.”

The DREAM Act was defeated in Congress last December, when even original sponsors of the bill like Republican Sens. Orrin Hatch, John McCain and Bob Bennett voted against the narrow legalization bill for a limited number of undocumented immigrant youth.

In California, opponents of that state’s DREAM Act are gearing up to put the law on the ballot.

In New York, educators are pushing for a local version of the DREAM Act.

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Picture by Todd Dwyer


Sarah Metcalf
Sarah M6 years ago

this is so heartbreaking

Valerie Hammett
Valerie Hammett6 years ago

i see a sign in picture above with a woman holding a sign which reads " stop ripping families apart"
do you see their mentality!!?!?! if you dont want your family in risk, why the hell are you entering here illegally then you ignorant moron?!?! god these people are so damn arrogant. they dont want to learn english or contribute to american society. they have this notion where we owe them the world cuz they take such grandiose pride in scrubbing toilets for a living and they call us lazy!! im sorry i need to shut up....grrrrrr

Valerie Hammett
Valerie Hammett6 years ago

im sorry but as you can see this was a very irrational decision this person made and very stupid. you cannot blame the world for suicide victims. its a person choice and it takes alot of premeditation. these people need help no doubt but if i and the rest of the world would let stress eat me to bits i too could fall into this category. its about endurance. life is up and down. and im tired of these very fresh minded illegal immigrants putting their extra weight unto our system. these kids parents do not respect this country by entering illegally and thinking its ok. they use other peoples social security which is theft and they our system has no way of tracking their criminal backgrounds. im tired of hearing about these spoiled mexicans! go back to your damn country and bother your own president for reform and stop bugging ours!

D. T.
D. T.6 years ago

Very sad, my condolences to the family.

Finica Daniel Radu

God? Putting the slogan "IN GOD WE TRUST" says just too much about U.S. . Where in the bible have you heard that GOD or even JESUS promoted ever a money system? Always help the people.

John Coleman
John Coleman6 years ago

Sorry Martha but the one displaying stupidity as well as ignorance here is YOU! Shortly after the new Congress took over in 2009 and Snarlin’ Arlan Spectacle jumped from the GOP to the Dem(agogues) in order to enhance his election prospects in 2010 (fortunately that didn’t work for him since even the Ds didn’t give him the primary nod) the Dems with its two left wing “independent” supporters had total control of Congress including the numbers to squelch any Senate filibuster. ObamaCare, “Stimulus”, and other legislation was pushed through with zero GOP votes so the alleged “Dream Act” could have been passed also if the Ds really wanted to! Both parties tried to push “immigration reform” during Bush2’s time but the public rebelled and it was stopped.

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle6 years ago

When I read a stupid comment from a stupid person like John C., I despair of the voting public. John, things are not black and white, and if you had followed the attempts of legislation these past three years, you would note WHO is holding up passage. I feel it's important that we get rid of the 60 votes needed in the Senate, who seem to consider themselves gods, and go back to majority rule -- then we might get some progressive legislation passed. Also, both Dems and repubs are more concerned with being reelected and raising money for their campaigns, than what's right for the people. There are many things to consider than whether there is a Dem majority in either house.

My extreme sympathy for the Luna family, and my apologies to them from the United States of America.

John Coleman
John Coleman6 years ago

Ira L: If the Nightmare (oops, Dream) Act was so great how come your Dem(agogue) Party didn’t pass it when they had total control of both houses of Congress and the White House from 2009 to mid 2010????? They might even have peeled off a RINO or two throughout 2010 to get it through even then. This just an issue to string along certain voting blocks to vote for the Donkeys. This story is just another attempt to put pressure on some in the GOP to make the issue look “bipartisan”. VOTE OUT ALL DEMS!!!!

Ira L.
Ellie L6 years ago

More disgusting things the republicanbaggers in congress are doing. Refusing to pass the DREAM ACT is unconscionable! We must do a "clean sweep" in the House and Senate.
VOTE DEMOCRAT IN EVERY INSTANCE! Let the 1%ers bury themselves in their money -- greedy bastards!

Christopher M.
Christopher M.6 years ago

I was suggesting maybe the young illegals could earn their way to citizenship through military service, especially given the plight our military is in.