Photo credit Jonathan Willis
A minor fender-bender on a rainy night in November put a Cincinnati honors student and soccer star on a fast track to deportation. Bernard Pastor was the 18-year-old son of undocumented Guatemalan immigrants. But he’d grown up in Cincinnati. He was popular at school. He had a stable job. He was on his way to college. While he sat in a detention facility, awaiting his fate, Congress was debating the Dream Act, legislation that would determine his future—and help define what it means to be an American. My profile about Pastor, a poster child for the Dream Act, was published in Cincinnati Magazine.