By Associated Press - Tuesday, August 11, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit judge has stopped the deportation of a man from El Salvador who fears he will be attacked by gangs if he’s forced to return to his native country.

In June, allies of Jose Adolfo Zaldana walked 17 miles to Detroit from the suburbs to raise attention about his case. Zaldana had been deported but returned to the U.S. and was living in the suburbs. Immigration officials say he has a drug conviction.

Federal Judge Matthew Leitman stopped Zaldana’s deportation last week. The government still wants to remove him. The judge has set a Friday deadline for more legal briefs.

Zaldana is in federal custody in Battle Creek.

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