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Board to reconsider Mexican journalist's US asylum request

By Julián Aguilar
Dec. 28, 2017 at 11:29 p.m.

Emilio Gutierrez

A Mexican reporter and his son who were on the verge of deportation earlier this month after being denied their request for asylum will be able to appeal the decision, their lawyer confirmed on Thursday.

Emilio Gutiérrez and his son Oscar were nearly sent back to Mexico from El Paso on Dec. 7 after fighting to stay in the country since 2008. Their deportation was quickly halted that day after their attorney requested an emergency reprieve and asked the Board of Immigration Appeals to reconsider the case. The appeal was initially rejected after the government said their former attorney didn't file the request on time.

But in a letter dated Dec. 22, the board said it would agree to honor the request for appeal.

"Upon consideration of the arguments and evidence presented with the motion, we agree that reinstatement of the respondents' appeal is warranted in the interest of fairness," the decision reads.

It was unclear if Gutiérrez and his son will remain in detention as the latest round plays out.

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