- Associated Press - Friday, April 14, 2017

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) - A Greenwood father of five has a temporary reprieve from possible deportation to Mexico.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports (https://bit.ly/2ocdaLj ) that Martin Duron-Esparza will now have until the end of his children’s school year before reporting to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The school year ends May 22.

Duron-Esparza has been in Mississippi since he was 16. He obtained a series of annual work permits to maintain farm irrigation systems up through 2016, but never obtained permanent residency.

“Everything I know is Greenwood,” Duron-Esparza said. He said Mexico, where he was born, is unfamiliar. He said he tried to obtain a work visa in 2008 but did not receive it.

Duron-Esparza said a Catholic Charities lawyer told him about the reprieve Friday.

ICE spokesman Thomas Byrd told the newspaper he was unable to comment.

The Duron-Esparza family worked with local officials, clergy and U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, on the request.

“He’s not a flight risk,” Thompson said. “He’s a pillar of the community.”


Information from: The Greenwood Commonwealth, https://www.gwcommonwealth.com

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