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Ariel Romero came to Arkansas from Honduras with his missionary parents when he was 6 years old. Technically he was an alien; he just didn’t realize it till a decade later when he applied for a driver’s license. Papers or not, he would go on with his thus far signally successful life, first at Haas Hall Academy in Fayetteville where he was valedictorian of his high school class. He was able to avoid deportation thanks to a federal policy — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — and this country was able to avoid losing a promising immigrant.

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