CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Two weeks ago, he was set to be deported, but today a local father will watch his daughter graduate from high school.
Arturo Hernandez Garcia is among a group of undocumented immigrants who were granted a two-year stay of deportation.
In April, Hernandez Garcia was arrested at work and held at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Centennial, awaiting deportation to Mexico. He walked free earlier in May on a temporary reprieve.
On Thursday May 11, Hernandez Garcia and Jeanette Vizguerra learned they had been granted a stay of removal until 2019.
Colorado's congressional representatives filed private bills on their behalf, essentially buying them two years of time. Hernandez Garcia has lived in Colorado since his teenage daughter was a baby.
"The reason I plead my case to stay here is for my daughter,” said Hernandez Garcia. “I want to see her go to the college. I want to see my daughters get a future dream."