On Friday, authorities in Texas revealed that a man they believe is responsible for the murder of a good Samaritan who attempted to help another victim shot by the suspect is an illegal immigrant who is in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Authorities say that Judas Deluna, 21, shot and killed a man outside DJ’s Food Mart in Harris County on January 26, after the man came to the aid of another man that they say Deluna also shot. ABC 13 reports:
Investigators believe Deluna got into a fight with a man in the parking lot and retrieved a gun from his vehicle. He then returned to shoot him. Rupani, whose father owns the store, was inside. He came to the shooting victim’s aid and was shot, too. Rupani had two young children and a wife.
Deluna, who has managed to evade capture for three weeks, is an illegal immigrant who received protection from deportation as a DACA recipient, an Obama-era program that former-President Obama admitted was unconstitutional.
“This is not a depiction of who Dreamers are, who DACA holders are,” Cesar Espinosa, an immigrant rights activist, said as he tried to downplay crimes committed by DREAMers and DACA recipients.
Deluna, however, comes from a family of illegal immigrants who have been convicted of violent crimes in the U.S., as ABC notes:
Nearing deportation, again, is where Deluna’s father, Manuel Deluna, is. He is on “hold’ status with Immigration and Customs Enforcement since his release from prison last October.
According to Robert Hurst with Texas Department of Criminal Justice, he served four months of a two-year sentence stemming from a SWAT standoff in November 2016. He barricaded himself after assaulting his wife and daughter.
Five years earlier, Manuel Deluna’s other son, Eric Deluna, planned an ambush on an 18-wheeler full of drugs. It was part of a notorious federal sting that went bad aimed at the Los Zetas cartel. A federal informant died in a shootout that also left a Harris county sheriff’s deputy wounded.
Eric Deluna is serving a 30-year sentence.
The Daily Wire reported on Thursday that within the span of a week, four federal authorities arrested four DACA recipients, all in separate incidents, for their involvement in human smuggling.