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Audemio Orozco-Ramirez

Juan and Amparo Orozco at their house near Circle, Montana.
Nate Hegyi - Yellowstone Public Radio

Thousands of people who are in the U.S. illegally are allowed to stay every year because they've been victims of crime. The number of people who apply for a “U visa” far outnumbers the slots made available, and that’s created a backlog. And some people can’t even get on the list because they lack one piece of paper from police. For one Mexican man in Montana, the lack of a U visa means he'll soon be deported.

A Mexican national who settled a lawsuit over claims he was sexually assaulted while detained in an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement facility in Montana’s Jefferson County may be deported within the next two weeks. 

On Tuesday, the Trump administration rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, giving Congress six months to pass replacement legislation. But as illegal immigration is debated nationally, it’s also affecting a small community in northeastern Montana. 

Protesters gathered at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office in downtown Billings Tuesday to memorialize one month since a man who entered the country illegally was arrested and detained. 

A Mexican man who recently settled a lawsuit over claims he was sexually assaulted in a jail in Jefferson County has been moved to a detention facility near Denver.

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