An illegal immigrant charged with the first degree murder of a contestant in “America’s Next Top Model” and two others had been granted amnesty under President Obama’s so-called “dreamer” policy.
As reported by Western Journalism, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) sweep conducted earlier this month netted over 2000 illegal immigrants, guilty of criminal activity who were residing in the United States. Among those, 15 were “dreamers” part of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, established by executive order.
Sens. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, (Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee) and Thom Tillis, R-N.C., confirmed in a letter released on Friday that Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez also avoided deportation through Obama’s DACA policy. Grassley first raised concerns about Rangel-Hernandez’s status in the country last month in a letter to Department of Homeland Security head Jeh Johnson.
Grassley’s and Tillis’ inquiry revealed that Rangel-Hernandez had been placed in the removal process by ICE following drug charges in 2012, but his proceedings were dismissed in 2013 after his approval for the Obama’s deferral program. The senators noted: “Whistleblowers allege that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services granted Rangel-Hernandez’s DACA application despite knowledge that he was a gang member.”
Rangele-Hernandez and David Ezequel Lopez, both 19, are accused of triple homicide in the deaths of ANTM contestant Mirjana Puhar, 19; her boyfriend, Jonathan Alvarado, 23; and his roommate, Jusmar Isiah Gonzaga-Garcia, 21, on February 24, 2015 at Alvardo’s home in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Daily Mail reported: “James Jackson, stepfather of Alvarado…said robbery was the reason behind the shooting, explaining that Emmanuel Rangel got the wrong impression that Alvarado had a lot of money on hand after he had paid $1,500 for a car the week before.”
Puhar came to the country legally with her family from Serbia after the Kosovo War when she was five. She appeared in the 21st cycle of ANTM, which aired starting last August.
In light of this terrible tragedy, Grassley and Tillis have some pointed questions for DHS Director Johnson:
1. Since DACA’s creation, how many applications have been approved? Please provide the answer by fiscal year.
2. Of the DACA applications approved, please provide the number of applicants that: a. Had known gang affiliation; b. Suspected gang affiliation; c. Had criminal affiliations.
3. Please explain why USCIS approved DACA applications for known or suspected gang members and others with criminal affiliations.
4. By fiscal year, how many DACA applications have been denied because of gang affiliation or other criminal affiliation?
5. By fiscal year, please provide the number of DACA terminations as a result of gang affiliation or other criminal affiliation.
6. What steps is USCIS taking to ensure that known or suspected gang members or criminally affiliated applicants are denied DACA or approved DACA is terminated once knowledge of gang affiliation or other criminal affiliation is known?
The senators requested a response by the end of the month.
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom