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"Home" YouTube Star Reunites with Mom 7 Years After Deportation

A son's fight to get his mom back on U.S. soil passed its first hurdle Thursday when his mother arrived to San Diego seven years after she was deported to her home country of Mexico

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    Jorge Narvaez, used his YouTube fame to help bring awareness to his mother's issue. On Wednesday, Esther Alvarado was met by tears, hugs and kisses from her family seven years after she was deported to her native country of Mexico. (Published Thursday, May 8, 2014)

    A San Diego man, made famous by a YouTube performance of "Home," was reunited with his mother Wednesday seven years after she was deported to her home country of Mexico.

    Jorge Narvaez cried and hugged his mother moments after her release from federal custody in downtown San Diego.

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    YouTube sensation Jorge Navarez captured national attention when he sang the duet, "Home," with his young daughter, Alexa. Now, Navaez is using his voice to weigh in on the immigration debate, especially since it involves his own mother. NBC 7's Omari Fleming reports. (Published Saturday, Apr 19, 2014)

    "I feel like I'm a little kid again and just came out of school and saw my mom," Narvaez said.

    Narvaez and his daughter Alexa covered the song "Home" and posted it to YouTube in 2010. The clip quickly grew in popularity and even landed the pair an appearance on Ellen.

    Several years later, he decided to re-record the song with both his daughters to raise awareness about his mother's immigration case.

    Esther Alvarado crossed the border illegally in the 1980's. She raised sons - Jorge, Gustavo and Eric - who are legal citizens of the U.S.

    In 2007, Alvarado returned to Mexico to start the application process for permanent resident status but wasn't allowed back into the U.S. as her case was processed.

    In April, Alvarado marched with a group of women who surrendered to U.S. Border Patrol Agents in the Otay Mesa area. She sought asylum and was detained.

    On Wednesday night, Alvarado was freed on bail until her court date.

    "It feels amazing to have my mom here again. She's been gone for so long and she doesn't deserve to live the way she was. She deserves to be treated like a queen and that's how she's going to be treated for now on," Narvaez said.

    "Always I was saying one day it's going to happen. I don't know when but I have faith that one day it's going to happen. So today is the day," Alvarado said.

    Alvarado says this is an early Mother's Day present but she can't let her guard down yet because their fight to keep her in the United States is just beginning.

    They don't know when she will be back in federal court but they say they are ready.

    "There is overwhelming evidence that my mom deserves to be here," Narvaez said. "She deserves to be an American. She deserves to be a contributor to this country."

    "She taught me how to give back and that's why I'm here," he said.