#ICEFail Update: Arizona Father Released by ICE and Reunited With Family

Jan 30, 2013
10:23 PM

On the very same day that President Obama was giving a speech in Las Vegas about immigration, the family of Edi Arma García was trying to get the United States to not deport him. On January 14, ICE agents took Edi away as his children watched. Ever since then, immigration activists in Arizona and beyond worked the phone, signed petitions and even had a sit-in at congressional office of Rep. Ed Pastor (D-AZ) just hours before Edi was scheduled to be deported back to Guatemala.


The push to release Edi even reached CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, who interviewed Edi’s 11-year-old and immigration activist Viridiana Hernandez.

Tonight news spread through social media circles that Arma would not be deported. According to reports, Arma was “given permission to stay in the country for one year but still faces the threat of deportation.”

Arma’s family received the news at Pastor’s office. The following Facebook picture shows José’s reaction.


Tonight, the Facebook page of DreamActActivist.org posted a picture of a reunited family.


Yes, the ending to this story was a happy one. For now. Welcome to Obama’s America.