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Deportee Found Murdered in Mexico

(Credit: Travis County Sherrif's Office)

Back in March, Juan Coronilla-Guerrero's deportation made national headlines after ICE agents detained him at the Travis County Courthouse.  Critics called it a dangerous precedent to be setting, and local elected officials chided the move as cruel.  Some, like Mayor Steve Adler and Council member Greg Casar, also made the argument that the incident would further create division between the community and police, making the city less safe as more illegal immigrants refuse to come forward to report crimes for fear of deportation.

He was at the courthouse that day to see a judge for a drug charge, as well as a separate charge of family violence.  

Last week as Coronilla-Guerrero slept in his bed, four men barged into his home.  They reportedly held his mother at gunpoint as they searched room-by-room until they found Coronilla-Guerrero asleep with his son.  The men ripped him from his bed and drove away, and less than 24-hours later his lifeless body was found on the side of the road, killed by a gunshot wound.

Within the 2018 Austin budget, council members approved roughly $200,000 for the funding of legal services for illegal immigrants.  It's something Mayor Adler says was necessary to allay the fears of immigrants in the event an incident such as Coronilla-Guerrero's death that would cause widespread fear.

"What we're trying to do is backup our police chief who tells us that one of the most important things in keeping our community safe is that trus relationship," Adler said.  "So yes, we're doing everything we can to protect that."

Immigration officials say it's not uncommon that Mexican gangs will prey on deportees by kidnapping them and demanding a ransom, utlimately killing them if those demands aren't met.

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