05/22/2013 01:02 pm ET

Rene Rivas, Undocumented Immigrant, Spared Deportation

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Rene Rivas was about to be deported in the dark of night, at 4 a.m.

But that was last week.

Seven days later, on Monday, the undocumented immigrant was released from an immigration lock-up and allowed to work legally and live openly with his wife and children in Miami for a year.

The roller-coaster story of this 41-year-old construction worker from Durango, Mexico, is anything but common as Congress debates how to handle undocumented immigrants like Rivas.

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