SILVER SPRING — Since the deportation of his parents years earlier and possibly facing a similar fate, Yves Gomes, 23, has battled to remain in the United States, campaigning for other undocumented immigrants like himself, and pushing state and national legislators to reform current immigration laws.
Gomes is currently staying in the U.S. under a two-year waiver from President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an executive order that allows undocumented immigrants who came to the United States when they were 16 or younger to apply for temporary legal status.
The last time Yves Gomes saw his father Robin Gomes in person was almost eight years ago, when he was being escorted out of their Silver Spring home in handcuffs by federal authorities. The family ordeal began a week earlier when the elder Gomes was pulled over by police for a broken taillight, not knowing for sure whether police would share information about his immigration status with federal authorities. Then, in the early morning hours on Aug. 9, 2008, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided the Gomes’ residence to detain Robin Gomes for overstaying his visa.