LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Harvard graduate from the Philippines facing deportation has been granted a one-year reprieve and released from detention.

Mark Ferales, a 31-year-old doctorate candidate at the University of California, San Diego, was brought to the U.S. on a travel visa when he was 10 after alleged hit men shot his father outside their home in Quezon City.

The family sought political asylum but when his father died in 2006, Ferales was left without any legal status.

He was arrested last month by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents but was released last week after Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif, intervened and asked ICE to defer action pending an appeal.

Sherman told the Los Angeles Times that it was in the nation’s interest to allow Ferales to stay in the U.S.

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Comments (10)
  1. D. says:

    Blahahahaa… ice agents spend their time tracking down a harvard grad and if you removed all the illegals from downtown los angeles the place would look like a ghost town…. what a joke.

    1. Trisha says:

      You couldn’t be more right!

  2. Thaddeus Forsythe says:

    Well, that’s great! Now, what about everyone else who graduated college in the US who’s here illegally? Solve that problem, *then* I’ll be impressed.

  3. Mike says:

    send him home. phillipines could use a harvard grad. All other illegals that get caught get deported… shouldn’t be any different for this guy.

    1. mister s says:

      All other illegals that get caught get deported? No they don’t.

  4. Alan Hart says:

    This was a bad decision by ICE to give him a year stay. He should be voluntarily deported and allowed to apply for residency in the US. This is the correct way of doing things.

  5. Scott says:

    I bet he got a Free education and Health care while here illegally!

  6. Julius says:

    Ignorant comments… you all should educate yourselves.

  7. Michael says:

    I’m just glad he made something out of himself unlike the rest of the idiots who are a menace to society

    1. chris says:

      you are absolutely right about that. He is better than anyone else who is legal here but a real menace & parasite