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Rally held for former Erwin student set to be deported

Rally held Monday for 18-year-old father Elmer Reynoso, who could be deported as soon as Wednesday. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Time is running out for a young Asheville father about to be deported to Guatemala.

Eighteen-year-old Elmer Reynoso could be deported as soon as Wednesday. An advocacy group held a rally downtown, calling for immigration officials to free him.

Agents took Reynoso from his home on June 1, after he failed to keep a court date for immigration proceedings. Advocacy leaders say he does not have a criminal record and is the provider for his family.

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"He will be sent back on Wednesday if there is no intervention from Mark Meadows, or if immigration doesn't get that pressure," said Bruno Hinojosa of Latino advocacy group Compañeros Inmigrantes de las Montañas en Accion (CIMA).

CIMA is an advocacy group for immigrants in the mountains. The group, along with a couple of churches, is urging immigration to release Reynoso back to his family.

"He's a good father. He's a very good young man," says Fatima Aguilar, the 16-year-old mother of Reynoso's child, 2-month-old Christopher. "The only thing he did was work very hard. He was always working."

Reynoso's mother said they came from an abusive situation in Guatemala. She said if he is deported it will be back to his father, whom she claims beat Reynoso and her when they lived there.

News 13 reached out to Meadows' office. A representative said there's not much the congressman can do, adding Reynoso's fate is up to immigration and the courts.

Reynoso remains detained in Georgia.

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