OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- An Oklahoma mother on the brink of being separated from her ill son gets to stay in the country, thanks to an executive order signed by the President in November.
Nearly three months ago, President Obama announced an executive order, allowing parents of U.S. citizens to stay, as long as they've been in the country since 2010.
But this Guatemalan thought the announcement was too late for her.
"He would see me cry and ask why, and I'd tell him, no my love, when you're older you'll understand," Deimy Jerez, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala said.
The thought of separating indefinitely is a heavy topic for any mother to discuss with her pre-school son.
"When I would tell him, I'm leaving, he would say no mommy, you're not," Jerez says.
Jerez was almost forced to leave because she entered the U.S. illegally 6 years ago; her time to be deported was here.
"The judge had already ordered what they call voluntary departure and giving her a date of departure in March," Giovanni Perry, Jerez's immigration lawyer said.
In fact, her one-way plane tickets had a fly out date of March 18th.
"She's the one who takes care of all of her child's needs," Perry said.
Jerez considers her son to have special needs because of his asthma.
A common illness to you and me, but for Deimy, taking her son back to Guatemala with asthma would be a death sentence.
"In Guatemala, my dad died of asthma. We don't have specialists for that," Jerez said.
In the U.S., it can be a reversible disease, but not in a country where more than half of the population lives in poverty.
"We don't have the resources, that's what I feared," Jerez says.
But fear turned into celebration when she went before immigration officials who told her Obama's executive order would grant her a stay.
"I was speechless," Jerez said.
"Our only sin is being undocumented, and not having the opportunity to be born here," Jerez says.
But the stay is only temporary. Officials will issue a three year work permit if the immigrant meets certain requirements. She must apply for the official stay in May.