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Ex-Salvadoran general appeals deportation order

Updated Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 | 10:09 a.m.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A lawyer for El Salvador's defense minister is telling the United States' highest immigration court that his client should not be deported for human rights abuses because the U.S. government supported the Salvadoran military's tactics.

Gen. Eugenio Vides Casanova has been living in Florida since immigrating in 1989. In 2012, an immigration judge ruled that he could be deported for his role in multiple acts of killings and torture committed by the Salvadoran military, including the deaths of three American nuns and a lay churchwoman in 1980.

The Board of Immigration Appeals in Falls Church, Va., heard Vides Casanova's appeal Thursday.

A government lawyer argued for deportation, saying Vides Casanova aided human rights abuses despite explicit pleas from the United States to stop the atrocities.