SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA) -- A major development has unfolded in the case of Yves Gomes, a Montgomery County student due to be deported to India. Immigration and Customs Enforcement made a big decision in his case.
The deportation is off. The young man, who came here as a baby and watched both his parents deported in recent years, can now stay here and pursue his American dream.
The news was met with shock and relief in his Silver Spring home, where the 17 year-old was days away from deportation.
"I'm really happy. I'm really excited," said Yves. "I no longer have to look towards that deportation anymore. Now I feel like this is the first step for me to move on with my life and realize my goals."
"For this kind of joy, I would do anything. Sacrifice anything," said Yves' elated great aunt, Dominica Gomes.
"I'm a little bit overwhelmed," said his cousin, Harold Gomes. "Stunned. It's amazing."
A hug for his lawyer, sparkling grape juice to celebrate and a family that could no longer contain its joy. Especially Yves' cousin Harold, who has muscular dystrophy. Yves is his constant companion and helps with his medical care.
"I'm proud to be an American," said Harold. "This is the America that I know."
"The United States government looks forward and I can say yes, they stand for justice," said Yves' great uncle, Henry Gomes. They know what is wrong, what is right. And choose what is right."
The family's immigration lawyer explains the deferred action, granted by ICE.
"Basically, he's allowed to stay here while we work on a final step, which of course is getting him legal status in the United States, enabling him to share in that American dream which we all hold so dearly," said Attorney Cynthia Groomes-Katz.
Yves is a top student and can now pursue his dream of becoming a doctor.
"If you can become a doctor, you can contribute to society and you can see the direct impact you have in people's lives," said Yves.
ICE issued a statement to 9News indicating that cases like these point to the need for comprehensive immigration reform.
Written by Andrea McCarren
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