A journalist from El Salvador, who is intent on shedding light on the immigration debate in Georgia, is now in the midst of his own immigration drama. Mario Guevara is a reporter for the state’s largest Spanish-language newspaper and often times writes about issues involving immigration.
Last week Guevara found himself at the heart of an immigration issue. A judge in immigration court denied the application of Guevara for asylum and ordered that both he and his family leave the U.S. within the next 60 days.
Guevara says he left his Central American country in 2004 following a beating he took and for repeatedly being harassed by leftists while being a reporter for the newspaper La Prensa Grafica. The newspaper is conservative and has close ties to the party in power at that time.
Immigration officials have spoken to the reporter and his legal counsel to try to find a solution to the situation however, for the past couple of weeks, Guevara has felt as though he were one of the people he often writes editorial about.
The U.S. Immigration Service has decided that Guevara might be a good candidate for prosecutorial discretion and is working with him to end his case positively said a spokesman from ICE on Thursday. If everything works out, Guevara would not be pursued for deportation. However, allowing him to stay does no good without allowing him to work legally. Guevara’s lawyer will still go ahead and appeal the immigration court’s decision for asylum.
Guevara has two sons who were both born in the U.S. and are U.S. citizens. His mother is also a U.S. citizen, as well as his brother who served in the U.S. military.