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10-year-old faces deportation after Willmar immigration raid

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — A 10-year-old Willmar boy was in court Thursday, fighting a deportation case based on statements he made to immigration agents during a raid.

Sammy Diaz-Maldonado was one of about 50 people caught in a sweep by immigration agents in Willmar last April.

His attorneys filed a motion Thursday to dismiss the deportation case against him. They want to suppress the statement he gave to armed immigration agents when he was 9. His mother was not present when he spoke to them.

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The fourth-grader’s next hearing was set for Oct. 25, when several other clients of his attorneys will also have hearings on similar issues stemming from the Willmar raids.

His attorneys declined to discuss his parents immigration status, or give Sammy’s country of origin.

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