WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court justice is refusing to block the deportation of an immigrant in the Cincinnati area who has been helping care for a disabled child.

Justice Elena Kagan on Wednesday denied an emergency appeal from 27-year-old Yancarlos Mendez without comment.

Mendez says in court papers that he has been in the U.S. since 2015 and was picked up by immigration officers in late November following a local court conviction for driving without a license.

Mendez says he has provided financial and emotional support to a 6-year-old boy who was paralyzed below the waist in an accident. Mendez recently married the boy's mother in a jailhouse wedding.

Mendez says he is a citizen of the Dominican Republic and Spain.