An Albuquerque New Mexico resident, who was hailed as a hero in local and national media for his daring rescue of a six-year-old girl abducted on her way home, has revealed his status as an undocumented immigrant in an interview with Univision.
When Antonio Diaz Chacon, 23, and his wife Martha saw a man forcing a young girl into a van, Antonio sprung into action and chased the van down until it crashed into a light pole.
Chacon’s wife is an American citizen and he has been in the country for four years, but he said he gave up on the expensive, complicated naturalization process.
Obama announces new deportation guidelines
The Obama Administration has announced that it will prioritize deporting illegal immigrants who are involved in criminal activity or other actions that compromise national security.
The decision to remove focus from non-violent, otherwise law-abiding undocumented immigrants will provide those immigrants with new opportunities to apply for work permits.
The roughly 300,000 deportation cases pending in federal immigration court will now be reviewed case by case. Some critics are calling the new plan “backdoor amnesty” and view it as an attempt to grab Latino votes in the 2012 Presidential Election.
NYPD officer charged with rape
New York Police Department officer Michael Pena, 27, has been charged with several crimes including forcible rape, and has been suspended from duty without pay.
Pena was arrested on Aug. 19 after neighbors called 911 and reported seeing a man dragging a woman into a backyard.
When officers arrived at the scene, the 25-year-old victim told them that Pena had flashed his gun and forced her into the backyard where he raped her.
“He raped me,” she said. “Be careful, he has a gun!”
Officers apprehended Pena and, upon searching him, discovered his badge and gun. He is being held on $500,000 cash bail.