After a California girl traveled to the Vatican to plead with Pope Francis for help as her father faced deportation, the man was freed on bond from immigration detention.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Friday that Mario Vargas was released from custody in Louisiana. A judge will determine if he's deported. ICE says Vargas was arrested last year in Tennessee and convicted of driving under the influence before he was taken into federal custody.
His release came after his 10-year-old daughter Jersey addressed the pope this week as part of a California delegation that traveled to urge the Vatican to prod President Barack Obama on immigration reform.
The girl's mother says a relative who saw the girl on television offered to help put up the rest of the $5,000 bond.