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Man’s deportation reversed in rebuke of government practices

SAN DIEGO (AP) – A federal court has ruled that a Mexican man who was arrested during an immigration sting at a Los Angeles manufacturing plant should not be deported.

Thursday’s finding may influence how immigration authorities target factories and offices.

Immigration agents stormed the premises of Micro Solutions Enterprises, a maker of printer cartridges, after getting a search warrant in 2008 for employment-related documents and arrest warrants for eight employees. About 100 agents entered the factory, blocking exits and announcing that no one could leave or use their cellphones.

Gregorio Perez, who entered the country illegally from Mexico in 1994, was one of 130 workers arrested. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said Perez shouldn’t be deported because his arrest was outside the parameters of the search warrant.

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