Last month, a man named Elionardo Juarez-Escobar, who is originally from Honduras, sparked a national debate on immigration policy. In April 2014, Juarez-Escobar was charged with driving drunk in Beaver County, PA. Police released him but in July, he was arrested again because he had already been deported from the United States back in 2005.
In early December, he pled guilty to this charge and was held in custody. On December 16th 2014, Judge Arthur J. Schwab of the U.S. District Court issued a ruling stating that President Obama created a violation of the law due to his executive order in regards to delaying alien deportation. As a result, Judge Schwab gave Juarez-Escobar the option to remove his guilty plea or proceed forward with sentencing. He opted for the latter and will receive his sentencing of time served later this month.
Once sentenced, Juarez-Escobar will be released to U.S. Immigration and Customs, which will likely trigger the deportation process. His lawyer has stated that he can challenge the proceedings on the grounds that his mother and brother are legally in the United States and he earns money to send to his family in Honduras.