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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Charlotte teen, fighting an almost year-long immigration battle, was deported Saturday, according to WSOC.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials confirmed they removed Pedro Salmeron, 19, from the United States.

The teen fled El Salvador and immigrated to the U.S. in 2014 to escape violent gangs, after his cousin was brutally murdered, according to Salmeron’s family.

Officials said that the teen’s removal took place in accordance with the final order of removal issued by a federal immigration judge.

“He deserves to be here,” his uncle, Moises Salmeron, said. “They don’t want to give him a chance.”

For months, community activists joined Salmeron’s family in filing court appeals and petitioning state lawmakers to stop his removal from the country.

A spokesperson for Rep. Alma Adams said the Congresswoman made calls to the Department of Homeland Security and ICE on Salmeron’s behalf, as recently as Thursday.