Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Olympic Dreams Dashed for DACA Recipient?!

Despite qualifying for the Olympic trials, Argeo Cruz, an assistant cross country coach at Florida Gulf Coast University, won’t be eligible to compete for the United States in the summer Olympics because he is not a U.S. citizen, reports Greg Hardwig for the Naples News. A Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient, “Cruz, who has won eight Moe’s Firecracker 5Ks in Naples, achieved five ASUN honors while running for the [Florida Gulf Coast] Eagles in cross country. …‘I’m still going to do my best every day and try not to let the whole idea, of having an, I guess, unpredictable future try to distract me from trying to achieve my best every day,’ he said.”

Cruz cannot go back to Mexico and perhaps run in the Olympics as a Mexican citizen because he would have to give up his DACA status in the United States and the Trump administration attempted to rescind the policy and is not accepting new applicants. The attempted rescission is currently before the Supreme Court.

“The majority of my life I’ve been in the U.S.,” Cruz said. “I’d rather not take that route. Most of the people I know now are here.”



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