DENVER — The Obama administration is trying to deport some of the immigrants it says should be allowed to stay in the country.

President Obama last month proposed deportation relief for immigrants with U.S. citizen children and no criminal record. Arturo Hernandez fits that description, but he is taking refuge in a Denver church to avoid federal agents who are trying to deport him.

Hernandez’s problem is his deportation case predates the president’s order. On Tuesday. Hernandez’s family and religious leaders flew to Washington to join with representatives of other immigrants taking shelter in churches to urge the federal government to back off its deportation efforts.

Hernandez has a 9-year-old daughter who is a U.S. citizen because she was born in Colorado. His wife and 15-year-old daughter qualify for deportation relief.

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