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Charge dropped for man who stayed at Portland church to avoid deportation

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Francisco Aguirre (KPTV file image) Francisco Aguirre (KPTV file image)
Francisco Aguirre (KPTV file image) Francisco Aguirre (KPTV file image)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The criminal charge against a man who took refuge at a Portland church to avoid deportation has been dismissed.

A judge granted a motion to dismiss the charge of illegal re-entry into the U.S. against Francisco Aguirre.

The motion was granted on May 27, according to court records. Aguirre was scheduled to go to trial on June 21.

Aguirre was deported to El Salvador in 2000 after a drug conviction in Portland. Investigators said he returned to the U.S. illegally, but it wasn't known until he was arrested for DUII in Clackamas County in August 2014.

When Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents showed up at his home in Fairview, he sought sanctuary at the Augustana Lutheran Church in northeast Portland.

He stayed in a basement apartment at the church for months, before appearing in court in November 2014. Supports rallied around him outside the courthouse.

Supporters call him a longtime community advocate. Mayor Charlie Hales called him an "important voice on the issues of equality and immigration rights" in 2014.

A previous motion to dismiss the charge against Aguirre was denied. He was allowed to return to his home pending trial. 

Last month's dismissal was filed without prejudice, meaning charges could be re-filed at a later date. 

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