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UNION CITY -- Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials granted a Union City resident a 60-day extension on his deportation order Friday morning. Catalino Guerrero, 59, an immigrant from Mexico, has been fighting for a permanent stay since officials ordered him deported a few years ago.

His case comes during a tumultuous time in immigration procedures. Donald Trump has vowed to crack down on undocumented immigrants throughout the country. In January, he issued an executive order cutting federal funding to cities that openly shield non-criminal, undocumented immigrants--called "sanctuary cities." He recently said he would be open to comprehensive immigration reform.

Guerrero, who arrived in the U.S. in 1991 for better economic opportunities, has no criminal record. He also owns a house in Union City.

During his hearing in Newark Friday, Guerrero also filed for a stay of removal that would allow him to remain in the country for six more months. ICE has repeatedly granted Guerrero such stays in the past, as long as he checked in periodically. They will make a determination on his request during his extension.

"What I feel is that I don't see why they couldn't have granted him the stay on Friday,” said Richard Morales, an immigration policy director for PICO National Network. He, along with Guerrero's family, politicians, and clergymen, accompanied Guerrero to the immigration building.

"Nothing has changed in Catalino's life," Morales added. The case is also putting a strain on Guerrero's health; he suffers from diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart problems, Morales said, and was in the hospital two weeks ago.

Guerrero will have to report to ICE officials again on May 22.

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