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Deported Guatemalan returning to Maryland among dead in tractor-trailer

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Posted at 8:37 AM, Jul 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-26 09:16:47-04

Guatemalan diplomat Cristy Andrino says that among the 10 people who died after being found in the back of a tractor-trailer outside a Texas Walmart was a 19-year-old Guatemalan who had been deported and was on his way back to Maryland to rejoin his family.

Andrino says Frank Guisseppe Fuentes' fingerprints were in the system because he'd previously been deported. The diplomat says "that's how they knew who the body belonged to so fast."

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Andrino says Fuentes was born in Guatemala but immigrated to the United States as a child. His parents are in the U.S. illegally, and hadn't yet given her instructions on what to do with the body. She says they may fear ICE agents could come after them if they claim the body.

Houston immigration lawyer Jacob Monty says deportation would have barred Fuentes from re-entering the country legally. He says his case reflected "the kind of desperate, no-hope person that's going to get into the back of a semi-truck."