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Judge who blocked deportation mid-flight set to review case

In this undated photo released by Amber Taylor, Wanrong Lin, left, and his wife, Hui Fang Dong, pose for a photo. Wanrong Lin, a Maryland resident whose deportation was blocked by a federal judge while he was on a flight in November to his native China is seeking a court order allowing him to remain in the U.S. with his family. U.S. District Judge George Hazel is scheduled to hear arguments Friday, March 15, 2019, from attorneys for Wanrong Lin and the federal government. (Amber Taylor via AP)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — A Maryland resident whose deportation was blocked by a federal judge while he was on a flight to his native China is seeking a court order allowing him to remain in the U.S. with his family.

U.S. District Judge George Hazel is scheduled to hear arguments Friday from attorneys for Wanrong Lin and the federal government.

In November, Hazel ordered Lin to be returned to the U.S. just before his flight landed in China. The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland had sued on Lin’s behalf only minutes before U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents put him on the plane to Shanghai.

Lin is asking for more time to stay here with his family while he seeks permanent residence in the U.S. His wife and three children are U.S. citizens.

By Michael Kunzelman, The Associated Press

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