CHARLOTTE, North Carlina (WCNC) -- A Charlotte, North Carolina man was in the country undocumented and facing deportation to his native Mexico, but now the father of three will be staying in Charlotte. This comes after years of community rallies and support and a surprise decision by the government.
Hugs, tears of joy and thumbs up as Luis Zarco walked out of immigration court with his family and with new legal status.
"I give to God all the glory," said Zarco.
For two years, Zarco has feared being deported to Mexico. In June 2011 he was arrested for running a red light with an expired license, since undocumented immigrants can no longer renew their licenses. Deportation would have meant having to leave his wife and three U.S citizen children, ages 16 months to nine years old.
"He's like everything -- my soul, my life, my heart, everything," said Georgina, Zarco's 9-year-old daughter.