While freestyle wrestler Henry Cejudo basked in the glow of Olympic gold medal success, his family story as the son of undocumented immigrants underscores a punitive federal policy that separates mixed status families.
LatinaLista — It’s no wonder that the unexpected Olympic gold medal win by freestyle wrestler Henry Cejudo took the news media by storm. After all, Henry’s story had all the right elements that the media loves and which fans of Horatio Alger-type stories can’t get enough of.
U.S. wrestler Henry Cejudo savors his gold medal victory at the 2008 Bejing Olympics.
Henry was the underdog competitor and by all accounts shouldn’t have been sitting across from Matt Lauer of the Today show the morning after clutching the gold medal sitting on his chest, but he was.
For some, Henry’s destiny was already written when he was born 21 years ago into poverty, the son of undocumented Mexican immigrants, raised by a single mom, moving from one bad neighborhood to another.
It’s not surprising that Henry found more success at wrestling than calculating equations. Yet what is surprising, more so than the fact that Henry’s success has been widely celebrated for being the youngest American wrestler to bring home a gold medal, is that no one questioned whether he was an American.
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