When Juan Coronilla-Guerrero fled Mexico with his wife, they knew what they were getting away from. The gangs of Guanajuato, the Mexican state northwest of the capital, had forced them from their family home in San Luis de la Paz, north into Texas.
But according to the Austin-American Statesman, on September 12th, those gangs found Coronilla sleeping on a bed with his young son back in central Mexico, having been deported just three months prior. They put a gun to his head and took him from the home, leaving the boy alone in the house. The next morning, his body was found almost an hour away.
Back in Texas prior to his deportation, Coronilla faced two misdemeanor charges over marijuana and a “family violence” issue that his wife accompanied him to the courthouse to quash. A misunderstanding, she called it. She didn’t want to be identified by the Statesman for fear of reprisal, and with good reason: She was right once already, in the worst way imaginable.
I knew. I knew that if he came back here, they were going to kill him, and look, that’s what happened. That’s what happened.”
She had pleaded with the immigration judge not to send Juan back across the border in reach of the gangs, and it may not have gone that way. But as Coronilla was leaving that day, ICE agents were there to make their very first arrest ever at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin. Under new guidelines from the Trump administration, cities are asked to hand over information to immigration agents when undocumented immigrants are in custody, and to give access to those agents when they arrive.
It’s a scary thought, that Juan Coronilla-Guerrero would be alive today if only he had been in San Francisco or Seattle, or any number of “sanctuary cities” that do not comply with the Justice Department guidelines. In fact, if Coronilla had been in Seattle, he wouldn’t even have been facing the marijuana charge.
Unfortunately, the death of Juan Coronilla-Guerrero is only one of many more to come under the Trump administration.
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