DACA Recipient Deported After Pleading Guilty to Smuggling Illegal Immigrants

A federal judge ordered the deportation of a Mexican man living in Texas under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program following his conviction on human smuggling charges. The man entered an insanity plea to avoid prison time for trying move three illegal immigrants past a Border Patrol checkpoint near Laredo.

Last week, 22-year-old Jose Yepez Vega was sentenced to time served and was stripped of his DACA protection. Yepez lived in Laredo since he age 16 and registered for DACA at its inception. In April, Yepez pleaded guilty to three counts of human smuggling and one count of conspiracy, the U.S. Attorney’s Office revealed.

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