UPDATE 5:15 pm:
When Karina Valle learned her husband was still being detained in the US on Tuesday morning, and not on a plane back to El Salvador, it was an enormous relief.
"I was a feeling a knot in my stomach up until the ICE officer said 'He's still in Battle Creek [where he's being detained,]'' she says via text. "My soul came back into my body."
Moments before, Valle had raced with attorney Brad Thomson to file evidence they say proves her husband's deportation order is invalid: post office copies of a hearing notice that are marked "returned to sender," which they hope will convince a judge to reopen Valle Rodriguez's case.
Thomson says the government has 10 days to respond, at which point a judge will decide whether or not to reopen the case. And he credits immigrations officials for keeping Valle Rodriguez in the US, for now.
"This case is different...in that ICE chose to utilize their discretion not to deport Jose, until we formally turned in this application," Thomson says. "So today I'm really happy with the Director of ICE, I'm happy with ICE, and I have no complaints at least for the next five minutes," he laughed.
A spokeperson with ICE in Detroit referred media questions to the Executive Office for Immigration Review at the US Department of Justice.
UPDATE Tuesday, May 30 2017 at 10:20 am
Immigration attorney Brad Thomson says he was able to file an application to reopen Jose Ricardo Valle Rodriguez's immigration case first thing on Tuesday morning. The minute Thomson got the court's time stamp, he says, an automatic stay of removal was granted temporarily.
That means the US government cannot legally deport Valle Rodriguez at this time, though that could change quickly, depending on whether the case is reopened.