It had been four years since he d graduated from high school with hopes of attending a four-year college.
So he reached out to Jose Antonio Vargas, a journalist and founder of Define American.
It s no wonder, then, that mounting research is finding that undocumented youths and the children of undocumented immigrants often suffer, like Casas, with anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts.
It included a phone number for ICE that people could call to demand Andiola s family be returned to Arizona.
Last November, in an essay published in The Huffington Post, Casas told the world he was undocumented.
Over the last year, Casas, who is still a personal trainer, says exposing his legal status has cost him income, several clients, and a few friendships.