SEATTLE — An immigration judge in Washington state has declined to release a local Iraq War veteran from custody while he fights the government's efforts to deport him.

Chong Kim, a 42-year-old South Korean immigrant and green card holder from Portland, struggled with drug addition, homelessness and post-traumatic stress following his time in Iraq in 2009 and 2010, leading to convictions for burglary and other charges.

<p>Chong Kim</p>

His lawyer and his friends say he's been doing well since completing a substance abuse treatment program run by the Department of Veterans Affairs early this year, but immigration agents arrested him April 5 and brought him to a detention center in Tacoma, Washington. They plan to deport him because of his convictions.

BACKGROUND: Local Iraq War veteran detained by ICE, may be deported

His attorney, Tim Warden-Hertz of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, said a judge on Wednesday denied Kim's request to be released.