An illegal alien and known gang member who has been charged with first-degree murder in North Carolina was granted deferred deportation under President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA), despite having been placed in removal proceedings for drug charges in 2012, according to a press release from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.).
Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez, 19, was charged in February with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of three people in Charlotte, N.C, including a 19-year-old former America’s Next Top Model contestant, Mirjana Puhar, the Associated Press reported.
According to an arrest affidavit from March 30, 2012, Rangel-Hernandez had been previously charged with possession of marijuana. But a court orderdated Dec. 18, 2013 shows U.S. Immigration Judge Theresa Holmes-Simmons granted deferred action under DACA to Rangel-Hernandez, who had been in removal proceedings since his drug charge.
“Records indicate Rangel-Hernandez was placed in the removal process by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) following drug charges in March 2012, but removal proceedings were dismissed on December 18, 2013, because he was approved for deferred action under DACA,” Grassley and Tillis stated in the press release.