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Deportation threat draws tears, support for teen immigrant

Our coverage is so often dominated by immigration issues between the U.S. and Mexico, I was moved by these images from the Netherlands we received today.

The central figure in this story is a boy named Mauro Manuel. According to the BBC, his mother brought him to the Netherlands as a child, hoping he would have a better life than in their war-torn home of Angola.

Upon his arrival, he was picked up by police and eventually fostered by a family in Limburg.

Now that he has reached adulthood, Dutch immigration law states he is to be deported, but supporters are arguing that he should be able to stay.

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Tears stream down the face of Mauro Manuel, a young Angolan asylum-seeker in The Hague, Netherlands, on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

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Supporters stand beside Angolan asylum-seeker, Mauro Manuel as he hugs his foster mother, Anita Marijanovic, in front of his step-father, Hans Mandigers, at a rally in The Hague, Netherlands on Nov. 1. Sympathizers are appealing so Manuel can stay in The Netherlands today, as the Dutch Lower House of Parliament debates the fate of the 18-year-old's future.

More from this compelling and polarizing story, carrying far-reaching implications on immigrants abroad, can be found at the BBC.