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Undocumented “Dreamer” accused of murdering 18-year-old student was protected by DACA program

October 17, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Undocumented “Dreamer” accused of murdering 18-year-old student was protected by DACA program

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A man accused of murdering a high school student in South Carolina had been protected from deportation under the DACA program.

Daniel De Jesus Rangel-Sherrer, 19, is accused of kidnapping, murder, and possessing a weapon in the killing of Diana Martinez-Gonzalez, 18.

Martinez-Gonzalez, who was a junior at Greenville High School, was discovered dead in a wooded area back on October 4th.

Authorities revealed that she had been forced into the woods and was shot in the head multiple times, Fox News reported.

South Carolina Police charged Daniel De Jesus Rangel Sherrer, 19,  in connection with the murder of 18-year-old Diana Martinez-Gonzalez 

“Immediately, [Rangel-Sherrer] confessed to one of the deputies,” Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis told the media.

Detectives said one of the victim’s friends was also held against her will, but she managed to flee and call the police.

The day after Rangel-Sherrer was arrested, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a detainer for the suspect, who was illegally in the U.S. from Mexico. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) verified that Rangel-Sherrer was a DACA recipient.

Martinez-Gonzalez was forced into the woods following an argument. She was shot in the head several times and was killed

Former President Barack Obama created DACA program in 2012 and protected approximately 800,000 undocumented youths from deportation.

Recipients were able to ask for “deferred action” for two years if they were younger than 30 years old or came to the U.S. before turning 16 and had continuously lived in the country since 2007.

In September, the Trump administration revealed their plans to wind down the program by March 2018 and put pressure on Congress to find a legislative solution for the issue.

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