Charlotte father wins deportation hearing

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A big court decision came this week for a father of three who was facing deportation after a traffic violation revealed he was undocumented.

A judge decided Wednesday Luis Zarco will be allowed to stay in the U.S.

But, just weeks ago the judge was prepared to deny a favorable outcome.

Nine year old Jhorgelly Zarco typically starts her morning by going to school. Today, she skipped.

"I think we'll have the best day ever," said Jhorgelly. Classes would have to wait. "I want to see if my dad is staying or not."

At 8:30 a.m. her father, Luis Zarco, had a deportation hearing that would decide if she would ever live with him.

"If we have a negative answer I'm going alone to Mexico," said Zarco.

A short while after 10 a.m., victory for Luis and his family was announced.

"We win they canceled deportation I can get the green card," said Zarco.

Chris Greene, Zarco's lawyer said this day of triumph wouldn't have happened without community support and an uncommon ally, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.

"I've been doing this 15 years, first time I've seen something like this were the judge was prepared to deny and they overrode that decision."

But not many agree with the judge's decision today some say Luis Zarco should not have been allowed in the US in the first place.

We asked our WBTV Facebook viewers their thoughts and the majority opposed the judge's decision.

Calvin Johnson wrote Zarco needs to be deported and file appropriate documents in order to return, not fair to others who follow the law.

Terise said Zarco has been in the US for 15 years and had plenty of time to become documented.

Joshua Carpenter says being undocumented means you don't pay taxes and that's illegal, something the Latin American Coalition says Zarco has been doing for many years with a social security number undocumented people usually get assigned in order to put on a payroll.

"Anyone who says you need to do it the right way and you need to get in line needs to get educated on the fact the immigration system is fundamentally broken," said Jessica Lawrence with the Latin American Coalition.

From court Zarco left with his family. "Thanks everybody all the glory is for God," he said.

The family celebrated, school for his children could wait another day.

"He's my father he's my everything to me. He's my life he's my love," said his eldest of three children, Jhorgelly.

It could take up to 60 days for Luis Zarco to receive his green card. In five years he can apply to become a citizen and petition for his wife to become a citizen as well.

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