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US: Honduras prison fire victim wrongly deportedUS immigration officials say man who died in Honduras prison fire was wrongly deported
LOS ANGELES (AP) ' Immigration officials say they wrongly deported a Honduran citizen living in Los Angeles who then died in last month's huge prison fire in his native country.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement told KPCC radio Friday that Nelson Avila Lopez was mistakenly deported in October, probably because of communication problems between the agency and an immigration court that granted the 20-year-old Lopez a temporary reprieve.
Lopez had come to the U.S. illegally at 16 and was detained in September.
His lawyer argued, and a judge agreed, that he would face harm from gangs if he returned to Honduras. But about two weeks later he was deported.
Suspected of gang affiliation, Lopez was sent to the Comayagua farm prison, where on Feb. 14 he was one of 360 inmates killed in a fire.
Information from: KPCC-FM, http://www.scpr.org/
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