The horrifying consequences of President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ mass deportation agenda were made clear on Thursday when it was discovered that an Iowa high school student who had been deported to Mexico just three weeks ago was murdered, as reported by The Hill.
Manuel Antonio Cano Pacheco was a DREAMer from Mexico who arrived in the United States at the age of just three-years-old. He was set to graduate from high school, worked a good job installing floors to help support his mom and three sisters, and had already lined up a college scholarship in Chicago.
Things began to go south after his father was arrested and sent to prison. Driven into a deep depression, Pacheco’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections were revoked after he got caught driving under the influence, the judge citing two misdemeanor convictions as reason enough to send him away from his one-year-old son.
ICE sent him to Zacatecas, Mexico, where he barely made it a month before his killing.
He was found dead in a restaurant with his throat slit, where he’d been enjoying dinner with an acquaintance of his cousin, who was also murdered.
When asked why this hard-working member of American society was deported, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) couldn’t give a straight answer.
Zacatecas is one of the most dangerous parts of northern Mexico, overrun by the drug cartels who make their fortune satisfying America’s incessant demand for illegal drugs and who purchase their weapons from American arms dealers.
On top of that, the mass deportation program enacted by both Presidents Obama and Trump has proven to be a hugely profitable business for the cartels, who target deportees for kidnappings and then hold them hostage until their families in the United States pay enormous ransoms.
The inhumanity of deporting a person who has spent his or her entire conscious life in the United States is utterly appalling, especially knowing that the deportation order might very well be a death sentence.
Though considering the sadistic enthusiasm that Trump, Sessions, and the jack-booted churls of ICE have carried out their agenda of soft ethnic cleansing, they might even see these deaths as a bonus.
The life of Manuel Pacheco should have been a success story, a celebration of how immigrants in America overcome hardship to become thriving and productive members of our society.
Instead, his story is a damning indictment of a cruel and brutal nation that needlessly tore his family apart before sending him off to a hostile and foreign land, where he died alone and afraid.