Reprieve for Portland teen facing deportation

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland high school senior who was facing deportation to Mexico has won a reprieve.

KATU reports his advocate says immigration officials used their discretion to allow Gustavo Romero-Alvarez to stay. But Jaime Limon-Guzman with the Northwest Immigrant Youth Alliance says the case could continue for years.

Romero-Alvarez faced deportation after he was caught last year stealing a shirt. Authorities discovered he was in the United States illegally. He was brought from Mexico by his family when he was 7.

He says he plans to graduate in June from Centennial High School and hopes to become a firefighter.