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Luis Blanco got a break before, when he came to the attention of immigration authorities after a 2014 traffic offense in North Carolina.

A father of six and a Mexican national who has lived in Plant City for 20 years, Blanco was allowed to remain in the United States under a humanitarian stay he had to renew each year.

Not this time.

As his family and about 30 human rights activists carried signs of support outside the Tampa offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Blanco, 40, learned he will be sent to a detention center in Miami to await a final decision on whether he will be deported.

His family and his attorney are resolved that he’s gone.

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