ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA) -- A 19-year-old Montgomery College student and his family were given a hero's welcomeat a rallyWednesday after being released from detention by immigration officials pending an appeal of a deportation order.
The case of Jorge Steven Acuna has captured the attention of the entire Montgomery County Council, which has written to federal officials demanding that the fix the nation's "broken immigration system".
Acuna and his family were arrested March 7th at their home in
Germantown, after year's of failed appeals to legalize their status in the US.
The family brought Acuna to Montgomery County from Columbia when he was 8.
He excelled in sports and academics at Northwest High School and is attending Montgomery College. Acuna aspires to go to medical school.
"He's exactly the kind of person we should want in this country," said Melissa Harris, an organizer of an online petition that went viral on social media.
About 100 Montgomery College students joined friends and immigration reform supporters for the Rockville rally and march.
Some observers were offended by the display.
"If you come here illegally and you don't do the right thing, I don't care if you get great grades," said student Dawn Johnson. "It's the law. We deport people."