ICE: Immigrant at Tucson church won't be deported

2014-05-15T14:33:00Z ICE: Immigrant at Tucson church won't be deportedThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 15, 2014 2:33 pm  • 

A Mexican man who was ordered to leave the country but has taken sanctuary in a Tucson church won't be deported, immigration officials say.

U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement accepted an administrative request to close the order against Daniel Neyoy Ruiz, a 36-year-old man who has lived in the states since 2000.

Neyoy Ruiz was supposed to leave the country by the end of Tuesday after being caught by immigration authorities following a traffic stop.

He refused to leave and instead took sanctuary at Southside Presbyterian Church.

The decision by ICE on Thursday essentially means Neyoy Ruiz is not a priority for the agency and that it won't actively seek to deport him.

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