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Jake Brownell / KRCC

A Colorado Springs man has been living at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church for the past week to avoid deportation back to his home country of El Salvador. His lawyer says the ongoing government shutdown has stymied efforts to fight deportation.

Miguel Ramirez Valiente came to the United States 14 years ago. He’s married to a U.S. citizen, with whom he has three children.

He says he received a deportation order after missing a court date, but says he never got the notification.