The family a Tucson high school football player has lived with for years says he is free after being released from immigration detention.

Thomas Torres has stayed with Lorena Rodriguez’s family during his years at Desert View High School. Rodriguez is announcing the 18-year-old’s release on her Facebook page, saying “OPERATION THOMAS COMPLETE!”

But the circumstances of Torres’ Tuesday release are unclear, including whether he’ll graduate May 22 as scheduled.

In this April 13, 2019, photo provided by Lorena Rodriguez, Thomas Torres is shown wearing a suit for the prom at Desert View High School in Tucson, Ariz. (Lorena Rodriguez via AP)
In this April 13, 2019, photo provided by Lorena Rodriguez, Thomas Torres is shown wearing a suit for the prom at Desert View High School in Tucson, Ariz. (Lorena Rodriguez via AP)

Torres’ detention last week prompted about 120 classmates to protest outside the Pima County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s deputies contacted the Border Patrol on Thursday after Torres admitted during a traffic stop that he was in the U.S. illegally.

The Border Patrol initially held Torres, but has since transferred him to ICE. An ICE spokeswoman says she’s researching his status.

In this December 2018 photo provided by Lorena Rodriguez, Thomas Torres holds up the numbers 1 and 8 to mark his 18th birthday in Tucson, Ariz. (Lorena Rodriguez via AP)
In this December 2018 photo provided by Lorena Rodriguez, Thomas Torres holds up the numbers 1 and 8 to mark his 18th birthday in Tucson, Ariz. (Lorena Rodriguez via AP)
Quiriat Rosas, 17, center with sign, and other students dance to Mexican music after marching from Desert View High School to the Pima County Sheriff's Department on Monday, May 6, 2019 in Tucson, Ariz. (Mamta Popat/Arizona Daily Star via AP)
Quiriat Rosas, 17, center with sign, and other students dance to Mexican music after marching from Desert View High School to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department on Monday, May 6, 2019 in Tucson, Ariz. (Mamta Popat/Arizona Daily Star via AP)

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