Last minute deportation extension offers Utah family hope in fight to stay together

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Centerville, Utah- (ABC 4 Utah) – A wife and mother in Centerville who was ordered to leave the country by noon Friday has been granted some extra time to stay with her family.

We first met the Laler family on Tuesday.

At the time they were hoping and praying for a miracle, a last minute intervention.

That’s exactly what they got.

“I feel so much better right now. All my stress from all last week, all my not sleeping, right now I feel good. I feel lots of hope,” said wife and mother, Eva.

Feelings of hope, because I.C.E. extended an order for Eva to voluntarily leave the country to June 19, 2015.

Before that call came Thursday, husband, Chad was staring at the possibility of being without his wife, but now they have at least three more weeks.

In that time they will be working on a passport for four month old, Tyson.

They also hope an appeal of Eva’s immigration status will be expedited with the federal court.

“My biggest hope is that come June 21st, Father’s Day, I can spend my first Father’s Day with my son and hopefully he’s not in South America,” said Chad.

To make that happen the Lalers are reaching out to lawmakers and working with immigration officials.

Chad and Eva say going into it they knew one day they could be separated, but they won’t stop searching for any legal avenue to keep the family together.

“At no point are we here to say that Eva didn’t make a mistake in overstaying her visa. All we wanted was our due process to have our case heard in court,” said Chad.

And now a renewed hope and sense they are not only doing this for their family, but others.

Since we first aired their story on Tuesday the Lalers say they have been lifted by people across the globe.

“That means a lot to me and my husband, it means a lot,” said Eva.

Representative Chris Stewart’s Office tells ABC 4 Utah they will continue to work on this case to do all they can for the family within the confines of the law.

Senator Hatch’s Office has also offered to help.

Eva was classified for priority deportation after she got a ticket for a traffic violation.

She says she was told by several attorneys that she should be able to stay here while she worked on adjusting her status.

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