When Gustavo “Gus” Zamudio, a high school student from Charlotte, N.C., was arrested last month on charges of felony larceny by an employee, it turned out he was facing more than just possible jail time.
A native of Mexico brought to the U.S. illegally by his parents, the 18-year-old is now facing deportation, according to an article in the Charlotte Observer on Monday.
According to the police report dated Feb. 25, Zamudio gradually embezzled $2,907 over a seven-week period from the grocery store where he worked, which is a felony under North Carolina law.
Prior to his arrest, Zamudio was protected from deportation under the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. However, the article noted that the previous administration mandated that participants would lose DACA protections if convicted of a felony.
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According to Carnell Johnson, Zamudio’s immigration attorney, the Trump administration revoked the teenager’s DACA status at the time of arrest.
“Six months ago, Gus would already have been released and he could have been home,” Johnson told reporters.
Instead, Zamudio is currently being held in a federal immigration detention center in Georgia, after leaving the Mecklenburg County Jail on February 27, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) records.
ICE spokesman Bryan Cox stated, “ICE is focused on identifying, arresting and removing public safety threats, such as criminal aliens and gang members, as well as individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws.”
H/T: Charlotte Observer
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