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Immigrant from Ecuador wants US deportation case reopened

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2018 file photo, supporters of Nelson Pinos, an immigrant from Ecuador who has been living in a church for a year to avoid deportation, block the front doors outside the federal building, in Hartford, Conn. An attorney for Pinos, who was arrested in Minneapolis and ordered deported from the U.S. 25 years ago, goes to court Tuesday, May 13, 2019, to ask that his case be reopened. Photo: (AP Photo/Dave Collins, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2018 file photo, supporters of Nelson Pinos, an immigrant from Ecuador who has been living in a church for a year to avoid deportation, block the front doors outside the federal building, in Hartford, Conn. An attorney for Pinos, who was arrested in Minneapolis and ordered deported from the U.S. 25 years ago, goes to court Tuesday, May 13, 2019, to ask that his case be reopened.

May 14, 2019 09:25 AM

An attorney for an Ecuadorian man who was arrested in Minneapolis and ordered deported from the U.S. 25 years ago goes to court Tuesday to ask that his case be reopened.

Forty-five-year-old Nelson Pinos has been living in sanctuary in a Connecticut church for a year and a half.

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Attorney Tina Colon Williams says Pinos was 19 years old when he was arrested. She says he was not aware when an immigration court ordered his deportation in 1994, and that he did not become aware of the order until 2012.

Williams argues that Pinos did not have an opportunity to show up for immigration court the first time, and that the order is not legally valid.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement says the removal order against Pinos remains in effect.

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