Osman Aroche Enriquez is free.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released Aroche Enriquez, 27, from York County Prison on Thursday evening, ending a detention that began Monday when he was arrested following a state police traffic stop.
The native of Guatemala had applied this fall for renewal of his protection under the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program, or DACA, which allows immigrants who arrived as children without documentation to be shielded from deportation.
But his application missed a deadline due to a Post Office delay, and his DACA status expired.
His pro bono attorney, Troy Mattes, had secured him a bond hearing for Dec. 26.
But around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aroche Enriquez called his fiance, Cindy, to come pick him up at York County Prison.
He was released on his own recognizance, said Carrie Carranza, an immigration legal counselor with Church World Service.
He will have to check in regularly with ICE, and he will have to argue his case against deportation in Philadelphia immigration court.
But his release achieves what he and his supporters had hoped for: Aroche Enriquez and his fiance will be together to celebrate their son's first birthday on Saturday.
"I'm just so happy that he'll be at his son's birthday party," Carranza said.
Three other men, including Aroche Enriquez' brother, were in the car with him when it was stopped Monday. They were not DACA-eligible and remain in ICE custody in York.