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Migrant workers rally at the capitol in Montpelier this spring. Photo: Sarah Harris
Migrant workers rally at the capitol in Montpelier this spring. Photo: Sarah Harris

Migrant worker and activist allowed to stay in U.S.

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Danilo Lopez will be allowed to stay in the country, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says. Lopez, a Vermont migrant-worker-turned-activist from Mexico, advocated for a new law allowing people without legal status to get drivers' licenses. Lopez was scheduled to be deported on July 5.

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Sarah Harris
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In 2011, Lopez was traveling in a friend’s car when a police officer pulled them over for speeding. Lopez was turned over to Border Patrol, detained and released. 

Since then, he’s helped Vermont’s migrant worker community get access to driver's licenses. Earlier this year, Lopez said that the campaign for driver's licenses is really important, "because it would give us great mobility...And it’s also about independence."

Immigration and Customs Enforcment had ordered Lopez to leave the country by July 5.

But Lopez decided to fight the decision. He stayed on, and applied for a stay of removal.

Governor Shumlin, Senators Leahy and Sanders, and Congressmen Welch all contributed letters of support.

ICE has now granted Lopez permission to stay in the United States for at least another year.

 

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