Catholic Charities helps save dreams from deportation

Honor student Jesus Pompa has one goal in mind: getting a University of California education. But before he got involved with Catholic Charities of Orange County, the La Habra High School senior thought that dream was just that – a dream.

Pompa, 17, is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico. Although his high school GPA exceeded his peers’ at college application time, he thought his lack of citizenship would make him ineligible for acceptance and left behind at home in La Habra.

“Before the time to apply for college, people were asking me what college I wanted to apply for,” Pompa said. “I didn’t know how to answer because I didn’t even look into that. I didn’t think I would be able to.”

A Catholic Charities program changed his future.

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