An Iowa high school student was murdered three weeks after he was deported from the U.S. back to Mexico, the country he left when he was just 3-years-old, reports The Des Moines Register.
The newspaper reported Thursday that Manuel Antonio Cano Pacheco was scheduled to graduate from high school last month but died weeks after being deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
His mother told The Des Moines Register that her son was once a recipient of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protected young people who were brought into the country illegally as children from deportation.
President Trump announced that he was ending the Obama-era program last year.
His DACA renewal did not come through on time, according to his mother.
Pacheco also served jail time for driving under the influence, which apparently disqualified him from continuing to receive DACA protections,
The Register reported that Pacheco had served jail time for driving under the influence, which may have disqualified him from continuing to receive DACA protections.
The Hill notes:
Pacheco was deported back to Zacatecas, Mexico, in April. While out to dinner with an acquaintance of his cousin’s, they were both reportedly killed.
Pacheco’s throat was slit, the newspaper reported.
A friend described the murder as being at the “wrong place at the wrong time,” in a northwestern state of Mexico that is plagued by deadly violence and drug cartels.
Pacheco was described by his high school friend Juan Verduzco as being someone who was always smiling and positive.
“I kind of don’t believe it still,” Verduzco said of his friend’s death, according to the Register. “It still hasn’t hit me… I don’t understand.”
Pacheco, who leaves behind a one-year-old son, was going to school and working with a company that installs floors. He had recently received a scholarship to attend college in Chicago before his deportation.