SAN MARCOS, Texas – San Marcos resident Felipe Abonza-Lopez, 20, was released from federal custody on Monday.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient was handed over to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Agents after a traffic stop in Uvalde a little more than a month ago.
Immigration activists protested his detention, and now, he's back home with his family. But he's without his immigration status.
Abonza-Lopez' DACA status was revoked at the start of this investigation, just after he was picked up by authorities in Uvalde. At this point, it’s unclear on what grounds his status was revoked because there were no charges filed against him.
Abonza-Lopez' immigration status was valid through May 2019.
"It appears, so far, that his DACA shouldn't have been revoked. So, we really want to figure out why that was and then see what it would take to get that reinstated," said activist Karen Munoz.
But local immigration activists said Abonza-Lopez's future is up in the air.
That's because back in September, President Donald Trump decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Immigration advocate group Mano Amiga has long-range plans to help Abonza-Lopez. The group has offered will pay his bond fees, and walk him and his family through the legal process.
Mano Amiga expects that process to take months, if not years, to complete.
"I'm just glad that he's out and back with his family," said Munoz.
Abonza-Lopez's family is working closely with San Antonio immigration attorney Bertha Zuniga. It is possible that they will file a lawsuit against ICE.