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CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on a federal lawsuit involving the Chicago Police Department's gang database (all times local):

2:15 p.m.

A Mexican immigrant brought to the U.S. as a young child says he's suing the Chicago Police Department over an alleged error in a gang database so he can clear his name and hopefully remain in the country.

Twenty-five-year-old Luis Vicente Pedrote-Salinas of Chicago filed a lawsuit Tuesday, alleging the database is wrong and cost him the chance to get federal protection and remain in the U.S. He tells reporters if he's able to stay in the country, he'll finish college and pursue business administration.

The lawsuit says immigration agents acted on false information from the database, raided his home in 2011 and detained him.

Attorneys say Pedrote was never in a gang and wasn't allowed to challenge the database, which is the subject of other lawsuits. After deportation proceedings, he's scheduled to leave July 20. However, attorneys say they'll seek a delay. If he loses he's expected to be deported automatically.

A Chicago police spokesman declined comment.

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10:40 a.m.

A Mexican immigrant ordered to leave the country has sued Chicago police in federal court, alleging he was wrongly listed in a gang database and that it cost him the chance to get federal protection and remain in the U.S.

Twenty-five-year-old Luis Vicente Pedrote-Salinas of Chicago filed the lawsuit Tuesday. He was brought to the U.S. as a child and doesn't have legal permission to stay. He was hoping to get protection under executive action allowing young immigrants temporary relief.

The lawsuit says immigration agents acted on false information from the database, raided his home in 2011 and detained him.

Attorneys say Pedrote was never in a gang and wasn't allowed to challenge the database, which is the subject of other lawsuits. After deportation proceedings, he's scheduled to leave July 20

Chicago police declined comment.

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