Missouri teen avoids deportation, at least for now

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 | 11:26 a.m. CDT

NEW HAVEN — Noe Guzman will get to stay in the country through his high school graduation, but he faces an uncertain future after that.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has decided not proceed with deportation hearings for Guzman, a 17-year-old senior at New Haven High School in eastern Missouri.

Guzman and his mother left Mexico for Michigan when he was 4 years old. His mother had obtained a Social Security number for him that belonged to a dead man. In 2003, the family, which had grown to include a stepfather and baby sister, moved to New Haven. The government learned about the fake Social Security number last year.

The decision buys only a little time. Guzman still must leave by November. His attorney says he has few options.

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