Ariel Rodriguez will cross a stage Tuesday at UNLV’s commencement ceremony, marking the end of his undergraduate education. On Wednesday, he’ll board a plane to Mexico City.
He’s not coming back.
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The 26-year-old, who came to the United States legally at 15 and overstayed a tourist visa, is headed back to his birth country with his two older brothers, his parents and a 9-year-old Poodle named Ruffo for a shot at finding work with his newly acquired journalism degree. Being undocumented here means he had to work jobs like waiting tables or washing dishes, getting paid under the table — not reporting his income to the federal government.
“I’m gonna take my chances there, because there’s really nothing left for me to do here,” said
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