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Petition to save Asheville teen from deportation

The young father was taken to the Forsyth County Jail in Winston-Salem. Photo credit: WLOS staff

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Rep. Mark Meadows, 11th District (R), says he is aware of a petition to save an Asheville teenager from deportation and he is working with his staffers to address the issue.

Elmer Reynoso, 18, was arrested by immigration officers as part of a statewide sweep. Reynoso attended Erwin High School after fleeing Guatemala when he was 16 years old.

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His supporters delivered a petition to Rep. Mark Meadows office in hopes of a response. During an interview with WLOS, Rep. Meadows says he is working on the case after talking with staffers and one of Reynoso's teachers on the phone.

"It's all hands on deck trying to deal with that particular situation, because I understand the community is concerned and see him as part of the community, " Meadows said.

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Reynoso has a newborn son named Christopher. The young father was taken to an immigration detention center in Georgia.

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