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Mexican man ordered to leave US to stay in church

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A Mexican man set to be deported Tuesday will take sanctuary in a Tucson church instead.

Daniel Neyoy Ruiz has been living in the United States since he crossed the border illegally in 2000 and says he should not be separated from his family.

An Arizona Department of Public Safety officer turned Neyoy Ruiz over to immigration officials after pulling him over in 2011 because his exhaust pipe released too much smoke, his attorney says.

Neyoy Ruiz was ordered to leave the country before the end of Tuesday. But his attorney has filed an administrative request with the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to close Ruiz's case and let him stay.

Neyoy Ruiz will live with his wife and American-born son at Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson indefinitely.

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