Carlos Hernandez

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Carlos Hernandez

Houston, TX

I’m Carlos Hernandez, born in Mexico, living in the U.S. since the age of 9. I’m an ex-would-be-beneficiary of the DREAM Act. I’m a U.S. citizen now, I am an engineer, I am hardworking, I contribute more than I’d ever have if still undocumented and I support the DREAM Act.

Due to immigration status I missed out on opportunities to exercise my degree with the likes of Chevron Texaco (Wall Street Journal, “Illegal Immigrants New Lament” 2001. For many years during my undergraduate years I considered returning to Mexico to work as an engineer after receiving my degree. Doing this would have yielded the U.S. no return on investment for the education it provided me, separated from my family and would not have had the opportunity to better myself to better my community and contribute to society in continuously increasing ways. Lucky for me, I was able to adjust my immigration status through marriage, date of marriage June 16th 2005. The date was not an intentional coincidence. Currently a family man with a two year old son, working as a deepwater drilling engineer for Petrobras, the leader in deepwater but starting a new job with Chevron Texaco next month.

More about me:

Method of entry: Visitors Visa, 1992 U.S. Hometown: Galveston, TX (Age 9-18) Education: B.S. Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin (2005), M.S.E. Engineering Management from the University of Texas at Austin 2010

Part of first class of undocumented students to have benefited from the Texas DREAM Act (HB 1403) in 2001 (Graduated High School in May 2001, HB 1403 passed on June 16th 2001). I was a DREAM Act student before the DREAM Act even existed. Graduated from UT Austin with a B.S of Petroleum Engineering degree in 2005, the best university in the field and in four years and with a gpa of 3.3/4.0 and part of the Petroleum Engineering Honor Society.

 

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