Carlos Oliva-Guillen, a 26-year-old undocumented immigrant from Honduras, will be allowed to stay in the United States in order to undergo genetic testing to save his son, who suffers from a rare disorder.
Oliva-Guillen was supposed to be deported last month after officials arrested him for traffic warrants. But when Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials learned that Oliva-Guillen’s 7-month-old son, Jencarlo, has hyperinsulinemia, a rare pancreatic disorder, and that his treatment will depend on the results of his father’s genetic tests, they put the deportation decision on hold.
An anonymous ICE official said that Oliva-Guillen’s motion for a stay of deportation didn’t mention his child’s medical condition.
“As soon as ICE leadership learned of this, we immediately conducted a review,” the official said.
Oliva-Guillen, who has lived in the United States for 10 years and has no criminal record, will still be monitored by the ICE throughout the hold period.
The results of Oliva-Guillen’s testing will determine whether Jencarlo will have just 15 percent of his pancreas moved, or 95 percent, which would require him to be placed on a feeding tube.
Oliva-Guillen's release from federal custody was greeted with cheers in Newark, N.J. He was reunited with his girlfriend, Emily Navas, and his three children.
Navas, who is Jencarlo’s mother, said that the immigrant community needs to come together to fight deportations.
“A lot of people are going through this and they’re not speaking up,” said Navas, 21. “We have to fight like a community. We have to pressure President Obama to stop deportations, to give us immigration reform.”
Sources: New Jersey Star-Ledger