Valedictorian of California High School to Be Deported

By Mary Ann Zehr — June 03, 2008 1 min read
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A 17-year-old from Armenia who was valedictorian of his high school class this school year is scheduled to be deported because he and his mother haven’t been granted political asylum in this country, according to an Associated Press article published today.

What I find interesting is that the boy’s mother has been seeking asylum in the United States since 1992. Do the math. That’s since her son apparently was a year old. That gives me some insight into how slowly the wheels of the immigration system turn.

The youth, Arthur Mkoyan, is this year’s valedictorian of Fresno’s Bullard High School.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.