Harvard student facing deportation for illegal status

BOSTON (AP) - A Harvard University student says he is facing deportation to Mexico after being detained by immigration authorities.

Eric Balderas, an undocumented student who just completed his first year at Harvard, said Friday he was detained by immigration authorities after he tried to board a plane from his hometown of San Antonio to Boston using a consulate card from Mexico and his student ID.

Balderas was detained Monday and released pending a July 6 immigration hearing. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Mark Medvesky said he had no immediate knowledge of the case.

The 19-year-old said he was brought to the U.S. from Mexico by his family at age 4 and is studying molecular biology at Harvard. Balderas said he previously had used a Mexican passport to board planes but recently lost it.

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