Congresswoman Corrine Brown, D-Fla., a co-sponsor of the bill, told ABC News, the plight of undocumented college students first resonated with her when she met Lara and a group of his friends last year.
Brown drafted a private bill to grant Lara legal residency status, and while it's unlikely the bill will be passed, a legislative aide says, it may lend special treatment to Lara's case.
"I am extremely hopeful that the private bill I introduced will assist in 'staying' Walter Lara's deportation," Brown said in June.
"Clearly, Mr. Lara is a hard working, studious young man, who would like nothing more than to be given the chance to remain in the United States and become a productive member of our country."
Immigration opponents say people like Lara who broke the law – even if it was the parents' doing – should not receive favored treatment but be deported.
As the deadline for his departure in July 2010 looms, Lara is hopeful he'll get another deferral or, better yet, Congress will pass comprehensive immigration reform.
If that doesn't happen?
"Walter is not going to stay in violation of a removal order – that's what it would be come at that point. Walter will honor the law," Benach said. He'll return home to Argentina "if that's what's demanded of him."