Juan Rodriguez, Celia Rodriguez, Karen Rodriguez, 18, Kimberly Rodriguez, 10, and Rebecca Rodriguez, 15, become emotional in their living room, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in Houston. For the past 10 years, Juan Rodriguez has been periodically checking-in at
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Juan Rodriguez, Celia Rodriguez, Karen Rodriguez, 18, Kimberly Rodriguez, 10, and Rebecca Rodriguez, 15, become emotional in their living room, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in Houston. For the past 10 years, Juan Rodriguez has been periodically checking-in at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in Houston because he is an immigrant in the country illegally. But during his last yearly check-in, Juan was given a brief reprieve by ICE while the agency prepared to deport him to El Salvador, a country he has not been in 16 years. His three daughters and wife are American citizens.

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Juan Rodriguez, Celia Rodriguez, Karen Rodriguez, 18, Kimberly Rodriguez, 10, and Rebecca Rodriguez, 15, become emotional in their living room, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in Houston. For the past 10 years, Juan Rodriguez has been periodically checking-in at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in Houston because he is an immigrant in the country illegally. But during his last yearly check-in, Juan was given a brief reprieve by ICE while the agency prepared to deport him to El Salvador, a country he has not been in 16 years. His three daughters and wife are American citizens.

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Juan Rodriguez closes his eyes holding back tears as his daughter Karen Rodriguez graduates from the Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston, Saturday, June 3, 2017. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement told him he has to leave the coun
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Juan Rodriguez closes his eyes holding back tears as his daughter Karen Rodriguez graduates from the Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston, Saturday, June 3, 2017. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement told him he has to leave the country but was granted a brief reprieve to attend the graduation. ×
Juan Rodriguez closes his eyes holding back tears as his daughter Karen Rodriguez graduates from the Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston, Saturday, June 3, 2017. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement told him he has to leave the country but was granted a brief reprieve to attend the graduation. ×
Karen Rodriguez, 18, shows her father Juan Rodriguez the award medal she received during the Cristo Rey Jesuit  commencement ceremony, Saturday, June 3, 2017, in Houston.
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Karen Rodriguez, 18, shows her father Juan Rodriguez the award medal she received during the Cristo Rey Jesuit commencement ceremony, Saturday, June 3, 2017, in Houston. ×
Karen Rodriguez, 18, shows her father Juan Rodriguez the award medal she received during the Cristo Rey Jesuit commencement ceremony, Saturday, June 3, 2017, in Houston. ×
Celia Rodriguez and her husband Juan Rodriguez start the day with a prayer, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Houston. Juan and his family are active members of the Pasadena Seventh-day Adventist Church. In February during a regular check-in at the Immigration a
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Celia Rodriguez and her husband Juan Rodriguez start the day with a prayer, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Houston. Juan and his family are active members of the Pasadena Seventh-day Adventist church. In February during a regular check-in at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in Houston, Juan Rodriguez was told he would be deported on June 29th. Sixteen years ago, Juan left gang-infested El Salvador and crossed the U.S. border illegally to reunite with Celia and their first born daughter Karen who were already U.S. residents.

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Celia Rodriguez and her husband Juan Rodriguez start the day with a prayer, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Houston. Juan and his family are active members of the Pasadena Seventh-day Adventist church. In February during a regular check-in at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in Houston, Juan Rodriguez was told he would be deported on June 29th. Sixteen years ago, Juan left gang-infested El Salvador and crossed the U.S. border illegally to reunite with Celia and their first born daughter Karen who were already U.S. residents.

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Karen Rodriguez, 18, holds the hand of her younger sister Kimberly Rodriguez, 10, carrying the complaint against the federal government on behalf of the three American daughters and the American wife of Juan Rodriguez who is about to be deported. ( Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle )

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Karen Rodriguez, 18, holds the hand of her younger sister Kimberly Rodriguez, 10, carrying the complaint against the federal government on behalf of the three American daughters and the American wife of Juan Rodriguez who is about to be deported. ( Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle )

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Juan Rodriguez sits in the office of his immigration lawyer Raed Gonzalez, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, while the attorney shows a pile of other immigration cases on which the individual, unlike Rodriguez, has been allowed to apply for a pardon while still living in the United States. ( Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle )

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Juan Rodriguez sits in the office of his immigration lawyer Raed Gonzalez, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, while the attorney shows a pile of other immigration cases on which the individual, unlike Rodriguez, has been allowed to apply for a pardon while still living in the United States. ( Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle )

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Juan Rodriguez embraces his daughters Karen Rodriguez, 18, Kimberly Rodriguez, 10, and Rebecca Rodriguez as he is received by his family and one of the family's attorneys David Medina, right, Friday, June 23, 2017, in Houston. When there's good news, the
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Juan Rodriguez embraces his daughters Karen Rodriguez, 18, Kimberly Rodriguez, 10, and Rebecca Rodriguez as he is received by his family and one of the family's attorneys David Medina, right, Friday, June 23, 2017, in Houston. When there's good news, the lawyers arrive at the family's home with a watermelon to celebrate. ×
Juan Rodriguez embraces his daughters Karen Rodriguez, 18, Kimberly Rodriguez, 10, and Rebecca Rodriguez as he is received by his family and one of the family's attorneys David Medina, right, Friday, June 23, 2017, in Houston. When there's good news, the lawyers arrive at the family's home with a watermelon to celebrate. ×
David Medina, right, one of the attorneys of the Rodriguez family, high-fives Kimberly Rodriguez, 10, accompanied by her father Juan Rodriguez, left, after the family was notified that Juan Rodriguez has been granted a 60-day reprieve by the U.S. governme
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David Medina, right, one of the attorneys of the Rodriguez family, high-fives Kimberly Rodriguez, 10, accompanied by her father Juan Rodriguez, left, after the family was notified that Juan Rodriguez has been granted a 60-day reprieve by the U.S. government, Friday, June 23, 2017, in Houston. ×
David Medina, right, one of the attorneys of the Rodriguez family, high-fives Kimberly Rodriguez, 10, accompanied by her father Juan Rodriguez, left, after the family was notified that Juan Rodriguez has been granted a 60-day reprieve by the U.S. government, Friday, June 23, 2017, in Houston. ×
Members of the press document Rebecca Rodriguez, 15, Kimberly Rodriguez, 10, and Karen Rodriguez, 18, wearing Batman shirts lead their parents Juan Rodriguez and Celia Rodriguez to the ICE headquarters in Houston so Juan Rodriguez can check-in, Monday, Ju
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Members of the press document Rebecca Rodriguez, 15, Kimberly Rodriguez, 10, and Karen Rodriguez, 18, wearing Batman shirts lead their parents Juan Rodriguez and Celia Rodriguez to the ICE headquarters in Houston so Juan Rodriguez can check-in, Monday, June 26, 2017, in Houston. ×
Members of the press document Rebecca Rodriguez, 15, Kimberly Rodriguez, 10, and Karen Rodriguez, 18, wearing Batman shirts lead their parents Juan Rodriguez and Celia Rodriguez to the ICE headquarters in Houston so Juan Rodriguez can check-in, Monday, June 26, 2017, in Houston. ×
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Juan Rodríguez, left, and his family prays before eating their Thanksgiving dinner at his house in Houston, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. ( Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle )

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Juan Rodríguez, left, and his family prays before eating their Thanksgiving dinner at his house in Houston, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. ( Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle )

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Rebecca Rodriguez, 16, Juan Rodriguez and Karen Rodriguez, 19, play games at their home, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, in Houston. Juan is a highly involved parent who shares a close bond with them.

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Rebecca Rodriguez, 16, Juan Rodriguez and Karen Rodriguez, 19, play games at their home, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, in Houston. Juan is a highly involved parent who shares a close bond with them.

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Juan Rodriguez rests his head on his daughter Karen Rodriguez's shoulder relieved that he got another 30-day extension to stay in the United States with his family as his immigration case goes to be reviewed by an immigration board. ( Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle )

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Juan Rodriguez rests his head on his daughter Karen Rodriguez's shoulder relieved that he got another 30-day extension to stay in the United States with his family as his immigration case goes to be reviewed by an immigration board. ( Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle )

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