Guatemalan living American dream in Hastings

A native of Guatemala, Samy De Leon Llamas moved to the
United States in 2007. He will graduate Sunday from Hastings

When Samy De Leon Llamas came to the United States in 2007, all he wanted was the freedom to get an education.

Growing up in Guatemala, Llamas struggled to get to school every day and when he did get there, he wasn’t being challenged.

He was 14 years old when he came to the U.S. illegally with no money and no knowledge of the English language.

Determined, he worked hard to support himself. He came to Nebraska two years later in search of a job and an education.

When Llamas walks across the stage at the Hastings High graduation Sunday, he will be celebrating years of hard work to not only get a diploma but also to persevere through all it took to work legally in the U.S.

With help from staff at Hastings High and at the Hastings Family YMCA, Llamas was able to obtain Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the necessary documentation that allowed him to legally work in the U.S for the next two years.

“I probably wouldn’t have kept him in school without it,” said Tracy Douglas, assistant principal at the high school. “He’s all about making money. He has to work to support himself.”
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