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Raised in the U.S. without legal status, he attains the American Dream — in Mexico

Raised in the U.S. without legal status, he attains the American Dream — in Mexico

Six years ago Bernardino Hernandez boarded a plane to Mexico City with not much — his high school yearbook, a printer and his college copy of "Thomas More's Magician," a novel about creating a utopian community in 16th century Mexico.

He had recently graduated from UC Davis, but he felt limited by his lack of legal status in the United States. Hernandez was 21 years old and unsure whether he'd ever reach his potential in a country that he'd called home since he was a toddler but that now wouldn't allow him to work legally.

Before he departed, his disapproving father gave him $1,000 in cash but warned him, "I won't pay for a coyote to bring you...

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