Chakanetsa Christopher Matimba has lived in Idaho for nearly 16 years. He came from Zimbabwe on a student visa to study at Idaho State University and he graduated in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Matimba is married and has a son from a previous relationship. In June, he was detained after a deportation retainer was issued after an incident involving the mother of his son in 2007; those charges were dismissed after Matimba completed his probationary term.
The Pocatello resident had been slated for deportation back to Zimbabwe, his country of birth. An emergency stay has been granted, but the Matimba family remains in limbo as to his status. Christopher Matimba's wife, Deon, joins Idaho Matters to talk about how current immigration policy is impacting her family.