The potential deportation of 2010 Reading High School graduate Bernard Pastor has been delayed for at least several weeks.

Meghan Dubyak, a spokeswoman in the Washington office of Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, told the Enquirer on Tuesday that Brown received notice that Department of Homeland Security officials – of which Immigration of Customs Enforcement is a part – will hold off on any deportation efforts for several weeks.

ICE confirmed the delay Tuesday night.

A Brown staff member drove from the senator’s Cincinnati office to the Morrow County Jail in Mount Gilead, where Pastor is being held by ICE, to get his signature on a document known as a Request for Assistance, said Firooz Namei, Pastor’s Cincinnati attorney.

The Brown staff member spoke to Pastor and told him of the widespread support for him in Greater Cincinnati, Namei said, and Pastor was moved to tears.

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