Valley family fears Guatemalan man will be deported; ICE says he has felony conviction

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

A Guatemalan man was recently picked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and his family worries he'll be sent back to that country.

Family members said Juan De Leon checked in with ICE last week but never left.

According to ICE, he was detained based on an immigration judge's removal order that was issued in May of 2013. He had two misdemeanor convictions from November 2003 and one felony conviction from December 2012 for criminal impersonation, ICE said.

He was brought to Arizona from Guatemala when he was 8 years old.

In a news conference put on by Puente Arizona, his family said he ran into trouble with the law in the U.S. once in 2012.

They said he was detained at work and stayed in Eloy's detention center for a year.

De Leon is now at the Florence Detention Center.

"I mean, he's my rock. He did everything for me and now I don't know what to do," said Amber Lopez, De Leon's fiancée. "We spent every day together."

She said De Leon fled Guatemala because of the gang violence there and it's not his home country.

"I just wish he was here you know," Lopez said. "We've been there for each other through everything."

He could spend up to six months in the detention center or be deported as soon as possible.

Family members said if he does get deported, they'll try to get him asylum in Mexico.

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