LYNN — When advocates for immigrants rallied to halt the deportation of Justo Barrios in June, they thought the case was a slam dunk. He came to America at age 16. The nuns at the convent on Green Street adore him. He plays Jesus in the church play.
His friends and supporters flooded federal immigration officials with letters and phone calls urging his release — all tactics that had worked in the past. But almost two months later, the 24-year-old construction worker from Lynn sat in Plymouth County jail — the same one housing gangster James “Whitey” Bulger — fighting deportation to Guatemala.