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Leahy lobbied Napolitano not to deport immigrant activist

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy says he talked to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano about a Vermont immigrant activist who was facing deportation.

Danilo Lopez has been granted a reprieve allowing him to remain in the United States another year.

Leahy said Friday that that was the right decision as Congress considers a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

Lopez, a Mexican-born farm worker, became an activist after he was threatened with deportation nearly two years ago after he was arrested during a traffic stop and turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol.

Lopez was a leader in the successful effort to create a new type of Vermont driver's license that would be available to people in the United States without the legally required documentation.

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