Pope prays with little girl, her father then released from detention

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
Jersey Vargas had addressed Pope Francis last week as part of a California delegation that traveled to urge the Vatican to talk to President Obama on immigration reform.

Pope Francis meets Jersey Vargas.

(NBC) - After a ten-year-old girl traveled to the Vatican to plead with Pope Francis for help as her father faced deportation, the man was released from immigration detention.

Jersey Vargas had addressed Pope Francis last week as part of a California delegation that traveled to urge the Vatican to talk to President Obama on immigration reform.

On March 28th, Jersey's father was freed from a Louisiana detention center after posting a $5,000 bond.

The man's wife said a relative saw Jersey on TV pleading with the Pope and helped with the funding.

Authorities later said the father was in the process of being released.

Jersey and her father were reunited in Los Angeles over the weekend.


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