SILVERTHORNE, Colo. - A high school student who was locked up by immigration authorities is being given time to graduate before his case comes up in court.
Jaime Leon Rivas walked out of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement lockup in Aurora on April 2 after his attorney got a stay of removal order from authorities.
According to the Summit Daily, the order will give Leon Rivas enough time for the Snowy Peaks High School senior to graduate and make a case that he should be given asylum in the United States.
Leon Rivas immigrated to the United States in 2005 from El Salvador when he was 10 years old.
He said that he and his brother, who was then 15, were fleeing gang violence in their home country when they illegally crossed the Rio Grande into Texas.
Leon Rivas was later detained by ICE officials and persuaded to sign voluntary departure forms.
Between 2007 and 2011, he was in and out of the juvenile justice system for offenses such as carrying a knife to school, stealing out of open cars and criminal mischief related to a fire set at a bus stop in Summit County, the newspaper said.
However, friends, family and supporters, say the 19-year-old has transformed himself into a community leader and have thrown their complete support around him.
He graduates on May 22.