The Maverick County Sheriff confirmed to Fox News on Wednesday that an undocumented immigrant from Peru, who was released into the United States just a few months ago and was charged with murder this week, is charged with murdering a U.S. citizen.
Deputies identified the victim as a 40-year-old man from Houston and said there was a “scuffle” and the victim was found dead at a home in Eagle Pass, Texas, with blunt force injuries to the head. He said it was discovered.
FOX News reported Tuesday that 64-year-old Roberto Emilio Vazquez Santamaria, who was arrested in connection with the incident, has been charged with murder. to a murder case It happened on Monday.
Illegal immigrant from Peru entered Texas several months ago, charged with murder
Multiple Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials told Fox that the Peruvian entered the country illegally in May at Eagle Pass, a key transit area for illegal immigrants seeking entry to the United States.
He was processed by the Border Patrol for release on a Notice to Appear (NTA) for immigration deportation proceedings. That trial date was not until 2025. He was transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), released into the custody of a nongovernmental organization, and enrolled in Alternative Detention (ATD) supervision. Officials stressed to Fox that the Border Patrol itself does not determine the policy of releasing illegal immigrants into the interior, and that officials are implementing policies set by the Biden administration.
In May, when Vázquez Santamaria entered the United States, the number of illegal immigrants crossing the border soared, at one point reaching about 10,000 encounters per day until the Section 42 public health order ended on May 11. The staff were overwhelmed with work.
After the order ended, the number decreased sharply and remained at a relatively low level in June, but rose again in July and August. Officials told Fox News there were about 230,000 encounters with migrants in August, up from more than 180,000 in July and 144,000 in June.
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This number shows no signs of slowing down in September. Officials told Fox on Wednesday that authorities have had more than 45,000 encounters with migrants in the past five days alone, and more than 8,000 encounters with illegal immigrants over several days.
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Fox previously reported how the sectors were congested, and leadership had told them to speed up processing to deal with the overcrowding. Several areas, including Tucson and San Diego, have seen large-scale releases of migrants on buses in recent days, leaving authorities struggling to cope with the numbers.
FOX News’ Sarah Rumpf-Witten contributed to this report.