Father facing deportation gets new hope

It was a very special Father's Day for Luis Nicasio Padilla who was scheduled to be deported from the United States in just days.

However immigration officials with ICE or U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had a change of heart and granted Luis a one-year stay.

"I try to be a nice person, help people, and I do nothing wrong…the only wrong that I do is stay with my family and work hard," explained Luis, who is also a husband and father of three.

Luis and his family worshipped at Cleveland's ethnic Polish St. Casimir's Church Sunday where they and others rejoiced over what they believe is a miracle decision by ICE on his behalf.

"Very special for me because I was really worried for the last two weeks and now a miracle can happen," said Luis after the church service.

"When I received the notice…it's one of the biggest days for me because I know I'm going to be with my kids for one more year and I hope I can stay with them until they grow," he continued.

It's not much time but it's enough for Luis to cherish with family and continue to fight for his full citizenship.

A fight he is not alone in, with dozens of supporters willing to stand by his side.

"We're all immigrants, and we all had a chance, and I'd like to see everybody have that chance," said Kathy Flora, a supporter.

"Too many have been separated and you see the agony and the despair in some of the families...it just isn't right," added Patricia Denny, another supporter.

"Thanks to God, thanks to all the people who support….this miracle happened," added Luis.


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