Man Facing Deportation Gets Out of Jail to Donate Kidney to Sister, Potentially Saving Her Life

Argenis Longaria-Lara has been granted six months of provisional freedom.

— -- A man convicted of burglary has been temporarily released from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody so that he can donate a kidney to his sister and potentially save her life.

"I mean, I didn't expect it," Argenis Longoria-Lara said. "I was really hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. It's the greatest news I've heard in a long time."

"I was like, 'Oh, my God, is that him? Is that really him?'" she said. "It is him. Pinch me! I think I'm dreaming."

After Argenis Longoria-Lara's six months of release expires, ICE said it will review his case to determine what further action is required.

Longoria-Lara “has a deportation order against him issued by a federal immigration judge,” ICE said in a statement. “ICE has stayed [halted] that order temporarily for six months to allow him time to pursue treatment, but the deportation order remains in effect.”

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