Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday issued a pardon to an immigrant facing deportation and currently being held at a correctional facility in New Jersey.

Cuomo’s pardon was issued to Baba Sillah of the Bronx, who traveled to the U.S. at the age of 22. He is married to a U.S. citizen and has five children. He entered the country as a visit and was not allowed to work to sell clothing without a license. He has been charged with several misdemeanors and violations.

He has worked as a porter for 15 years and paid taxes, Cuomo’s office said.

“While President Trump is obsessed with building walls to keep immigrants out, the New York family knows that its diversity is our strength,” Cuomo said. “Compassion and justice is the Empire State way and Mr. Sillah is a father of five who deserves to remain with his family.”

Sillah was detained in January after appearing for a routine appointment with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. His deportation for February was stayed after an emergency application was made to a federal district court.

With the pardon, Sillah will be able to apply for a waiver of inadmissibility to prevent his removal.

“We commend Governor Cuomo for issuing a pardon and showing immigration authorities what we know, that Baba Sillah is a hardworking New Yorker who belongs back with his family,” said 32BJ President Hector Figueroa. “We will continue to support him and his family until he is returned home to his wife and kids who depend on him.”