Montgomery College Student Released From Immigration Custody

The deportation battle for Jorge Acuna is currently on hold

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    Jackie Bensen reports on how a grassroots movement stopped the deportation of a Germantown teen and his family who were in this country illegaly. (Published Thursday, Mar 15, 2012)

    The deportation battle of a Montgomery County College student is on hold, for now.

    Jorge Steve Acuña, 19, and his family were taken into custody by ICE agents on March 7th, but were released early Wednesday morning. The family has received a one year reprieve in their deportation case.

    The community has rallied behind the Acuña family from the beginning. Supporters conducted a rally and march in downtown Rockville on Wednesday.

    His friends have also created a video on YouTube (which you can watch below) and a Facebook page to try to keep him in Maryland.

    Additionally, all nine members of the Montgomery County Council signed a statement on Monday expressing concern about the pending deportation of the Acuña family.

    Acuña and his family came to the U.S. 11 years ago. They tried to get political asylum, but were denied, and have been in the country illegally since 2008.

    On a Facebook page and in a letter from the Montgomery County Council, supporters highlight that Acuña was an honor student Northwest High School and is a semester away from graduating from Montgomery College.

    The entire council is urging the White House and Department of Homeland Security to step in and stop the Acuñas' pending deportation.

    There's also an online petition supporting Acuña with over 6,500 signatures as of Thursday morning.