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Leader in immigrant license push faces deportation

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Danilo Lopez got a taste of the American dream, but now faces being thrown out of the country.

The 23-year-old from Chiapas, Mexico, has been a key leader in the lobbying work that culminated Wednesday with Gov. Peter Shumlin's signing into law a new type of Vermont driver's license that can be obtained by people in the United States illegally.

Lopez says his activism began when he was a passenger in a car that was pulled over by Vermont State Police nearly two years ago and he was turned over to federal immigration authorities.

That began a process that led to a final appeal being rejected last week. He's been ordered to leave the country by July 5.

Lopez calls that a bitter irony.

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