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Immigrant activist Danilo Lopez spared from deportation

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

A Mexican man who has fought for the rights of migrant farmworkers in Vermont won't be deported-- at least for now.

Danilo Lopez, 23, is a farmhand-turned activist. He was among a group who lobbied the Legislature to create a new type of driver's license that would be available to people in the U.S. without the legally required documentation.

Just after that law was passed, Lopez was notified he was being deported and had to leave the country by July.

But now the Migrant Justice group says Lopez been granted a "stay of removal," meaning he can remain in the U.S. for at least another year. Lopez, through his interpreter, called the decision a victory for the entire migrant farm community and says this campaign proves public pressure works.

"Even when we're told no, if we keep fighting and keep working we can stop this, we can stop a deportation. But working together we can also unite across the country to stop more and more deportations, but also to work for a better bigger policy change that stops all of these unnecessary deportations and separations of families," said Brendan O'Neill of Migrant Justice.

Lopez said he plans to apply for a work visa and continue his advocacy mission with Migrant Justice. The advocacy group estimates there are 1,200-1,500 migrant workers in Vermont.

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