One of the Victims of the Immigrant Trailer Tragedy was a DREAMer

Family photo

We're beginning to find out the identities of the ten who died in the sweltering trailer.

 

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (1.5 minute read)

We know a little more today about the victims of the immigrant trailer tragedy of this past weekend. Ten migrants died when they were locked in a sweltering trailer along with as many as 100 immigrants. The survivors were rescued Saturday night, but the names of those who dies are slowly being reported.

This one has caught most of the attention, the story is from The Washington Post:

“One of the undocumented immigrants who died in a stifling tractor-trailer here Saturday was a 19-year-old who grew up in Northern Virginia and graduated from a Fairfax County high school before getting in trouble with the law and being deported to his native Guatemala, according to court records and government officials.”

His name was Frank G. Fuentes. He was brought to the U.S. before his third birthday. He was on an ICE gang-member database, although there is no word on why he was listed there and his friends and family deny it. ICE will put persons on that list if they are seen in areas where there is gang activity, if they have tattoos or if the wear clothing associated with gangs.

Fuentes was deported in March because if the database and because of an assault incident on his record. He had obtained DACA protection but uir ran out in June of last year. He applied for a renewal but “was discretionarily denied, based on a number of public safety concerns” – the assault and the database.

Because Guatemala was a foreign place to him, he was making his way back home to Virginia, and he ended up in that trailer.

Subscribe today!

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Must Read

Texas quinceañeras to offer voter registration at their coming of age parties

Victor Landa May 17, 2019

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Texas-based nonprofit is aiming to bolster the Latino vote by offering young women the opportunity to hold voter registration booths at their quinceañeras. And they already have […]

Latino Health Paradox is a Laughing Matter

Victor Landa

High-quality conversations and laughter may contribute to longer life expectancy in Latinx populations in the United States, according to a new study in PLosONE by the University of Connecticut.  Researchers sought to explain […]

Census citizenship question began as GOP plan to hurt Democrats, documents show

Victor Landa June 3, 2019

Newly revealed documents appeared to confirm Thursday what many critics had long suspected — that the Trump administration’s drive to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census began as […]

Hispanic Texans on pace to become largest population group in state by 2022

Victor Landa June 6, 2019

For many years, the prospect that Hispanic Texans would become the state’s largest population group has been a question of “when” and not “if.” With growth among the Hispanic population […]

Latino leaders sound alarms over mobilizing Latino voters in 2020

Victor Landa June 11, 2019

Democratic presidential candidates are squandering a critical early opportunity to mobilize Latino voters ahead of 2020, potentially easing Donald Trump’s path to reelection, according to leading Latino political operatives in battleground […]

Running while brown: How Julián Castro is navigating white presidential politics

Victor Landa June 25, 2019

EAST LOS ANGELES — By the time his plane touched down in California at the end of a whirlwind week, Julián Castro had set an early political benchmark in the […]

Advocates wonder: Where’s the outreach from Democratic presidential candidates to Latino voters?

Victor Landa

MIAMI — There is outrage over Trump administration policies that have torn migrant families apart and left some children locked up. There is pervasive fear of immigration raids. And there […]