A suspect in three homicides was still in the U.S. because of Barack Obama’s immigration executive order that allowed him to avoid deportation.
Back in February we heard about the murder of a former contestant on the TV show America’s Next Top Model. According to the Associated Press:
Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez, 19, has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the death of Mirjana Puhar, 19, and two other victims, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police in North Carolina said in a statement Wednesday.
The victims’ bodies were found in a Charlotte, North Carolina, home on Tuesday. Police did not reveal how they were killed.
According to the Charlotte Observer, police believe that the deaths were drug-related and that the suspect knew the people he’s accused of killing.
Tyra Banks and Ken Mok are co-producers of the reality TV show “America’s Next Top Model.” The two confirmed Wednesday in a written statement that Puhar appeared on the show last year.
Rangel-Hernandez is also charged in connection with a murder at a motel Sunday.
An interesting fact in this case is that Rangel-Hernandez is an illegal immigrant. Furthermore, he was a known gang member. Most interesting of all: Rangel-Hernandez may have been permitted to stay in the country because of Barack Obama’s executive order in 2012. By executive fiat, Barack Obama set up the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which demanded that those who came here before the age of sixteen be granted a two-year delay in their deportation. According to the National Review,
In a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, the Senators [Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Thom Tillis of North Carolina] shared their concerns about the handling of Rangel-Hernandez’s case. Specifically, they cited whistleblowers’ allegations that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency granted Rangel-Hernandez’s DACA application despite knowing that he was a gang member. The senators asked Johnson to respond to their questions about potential vulnerabilities in the immigration system, and noted that he had not yet responded to Grassley’s initial inquiry last month.
One last item of note: this possibility came to light thanks to a Whistleblower. We had better pray that he escapes punishment. (I doubt the immigration bureaucracy is any more forgiving than the TSA.)