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Illegal driver who killed 12 year old girl was Obama amnesty recipient with prior drug arrest

Illegal driver who killed 12 year old girl was Obama amnesty recipient with prior drug arrest

Charly Haley | Des Moines Register

A report including details of the immigration history of a suspect in a fatal Des Moines crash was released Thursday.

The office of U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the preliminary report Thursday, which it received from the Department of Homeland Security after Grassley wrote a letter asking for background information on Fernando Fernel Lopez Aguilar.

Lopez Aguilar, 18, is accused of running a stop sign at Southeast Sixth Street and Bell Avenue, causing a three-vehicle crash Sept. 8. Police said he was driving too fast.

Lopez Aguilar was charged with homicide by reckless driving Monday after 12-year-old Lea Phann died Sunday night from injuries she suffered in the crash.

On Oct. 8, 2013, Lopez Aguilar sought a temporary exemption from deportation under a policy known as DACA from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office, according to the report. On June 5, 2014, that deferred action was approved, valid until June 4, 2016.

"Lopez Aguilar apparently received deferred deportation protection under the Obama Administration’s executive action on immigration. However, he has since fallen out of status with the program and remains in the country illegally," Grassley's office said in a news release accompanying his letter Tuesday.

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