An undocumented man whose wife was killed while serving in the U.S. Army was deported to Mexico before immigration officials temporarily reversed their decision, according to the man and his lawyer.
the man, Jose Arturo Gonzalez Carranza, was deported last Wednesday after having been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, in Arizona last week, NBC affiliate KPNX of Phoenix reported.
“Thursday morning I wake up in Mexico,” Gonzalez told KPNX. “What’s going on? What am I doing here? Why am I here? I can’t explain what my feelings were when I crossed the border.”
On Monday, immigration officials reversed course, allowing to return to the United States while a decision is made on whether to reopen his case.
“It’s like your wife died and then you’re almost out for no reason,” Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez, who is originally from Mexico, had been granted “parole in place,” which allowed him to remain in the United States without the threat of deportation following the death of his wife, Gonzalez’s attorney, Ezequiel Hernandez, told the station.
Pfc. Barbara Vieyra, 22, was killed in September 2010 while serving in Afghanistan after insurgents attacked her unit using an improvised explosive device and rocket-propelled grenades, the Defense Department said at the time. Their daughter, who is a U.S. citizen, is now 12 years old.
This article originally appeared on NBC