Irishman Keith Byrne, who was detained in the US over immigration offences, has launched a fresh attempt to stay in the country.

He and his lawyers last night sent a written submission to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services as part of a review of his case.

Mr Byrne, who is originally from Fermoy in Co Cork, was arrested in July by immigration officers while he was on his way to work in Philadelphia.

He was held in detention for two weeks awaiting deportation back to Ireland.

A judge in Pennsylvania ordered Mr Byrne's temporary release for a period of 30 days to allow him time to launch a legal challenge against his deportation.

That 30-day reprieve has ended but his lawyers say they have received assurances from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) that Mr Byrne will not be re-arrested while his case is being reviewed.

Mr Byrne entered the US in 2007, but overstayed his 90-day visa waiver. He subsequently got married to his wife Keren in 2009.

She is American and the couple have three children, but Mr Byrne's attempts to obtain a Green Card have failed due to two drug possession charges in Ireland.


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