It was an emotional homecoming for a long-time nurse in Oakland, California who was deported late 2017.
She’s been granted a temporary work visa – allowing her to return home.
Maria Mendoza-Sanchez and her husband were deported in 2017 after her work permit was halted by changes made by the Trump administration.
On Saturday, she walked out of immigration and customs with a three-year H1-B work permit, and big hugs from her four children.
While gone, her oldest daughter Vianney had to take over as head of household.
Her second oldest daughter Melin, fought through tears to describe graduating from college without her parents.
“All my friends were celebrating with their families and I couldn’t see my parents in the stands,” said Mendoza-Sanchez’s daughter, Melin Sanchez.
“Well I don’t know yet what I’m going to be doing, but I know I’m going to be with them and that’s already, at least for me the best Christmas ever,” said Maria Mendoza-Sanchez.
It’s not all happy news for the Mendoza-Sanchez family.
Maria’s husband Eusebio has not been granted any kind of special work visa. He remains in Mexico.