We starting to learn new details about Jesus Deniz-Mendoza, an 18-year-old legal immigrant from Mexico who is accused of murdering a “Good Samaritan” couple and wounding their daughter during a July 29 attack in Montana.
Deniz-Mendoza, who also goes by the name Jesus Yeizon Deniz, was admitted legally into the United State in 2013:
And he was out on bond after a recent burglary arrest in Wyoming:
ICE couldn’t do anything about his arrest, however, because he was a legal immigrant. Here’s the official statement:
This individual does not have any criminal convictions, and, as a permanent resident, is not currently removable. Thus, an ICE detainer cannot be placed on the individual at this time. However, ICE is closely monitoring this case and coordinating with local authorities. If he is convicted for a criminal offense that allows him to be removed from the country, after the completion of sentence, ICE intends to take him into custody and pursue his removal from the United States.
The Administration has set enforcement priorities to make sure our resources are focused on apprehending and removing convicted criminals, gang members, recent border crossers, and the most significant threats to public safety and national security. Through the Priority Enforcement Program, we are working with state and local law enforcement every day to ensure that these individuals are taken into federal custody to be removed from the country. These efforts to keep our communities safe and our nation secure are essential to our mission.
Oh, good. Once he’s convicted of MURDER and serves his sentence, then ICE will deport him. Way to go, guys.
But there’s still some question regarding how Mendoza was able to get legal status back in May 2013. From the Washington Times.
Mr. Deniz is Mexican, and the Obama administration deems him a legal permanent resident who entered the country legally on May 31, 2013 — though they didn’t say how he earned that status initially.
Was then 16-year-old Mendoza admitted to the U.S. as a DREAMer? Did he actually enter the U.S. in May 2013 or that’s the date the U.S. declared him a legal immigrant? What else don’t we know? So many questions.