Roberto Emilio Vasquez-Santamaria, a 64-year-old illegal immigrant, has been charged with murder in Eagle Pass, Texas. The alleged murder occurred on Monday at around 9:30 a.m. in the Loma Bonita neighborhood. The victim, a 40-year-old man from Houston, was found bludgeoned to death in the backyard of a home. The motive for the murder has not been established.
Vasquez-Santamaria was released by the Biden administration earlier this year and given an asylum court hearing in 2025. He had been released to a shelter run by a non-governmental organization in Eagle Pass on May 9. After signing a written promise to appear in court, he was released to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who in turn released him to the NGO that placed him in the shelter.
The surge in migrant crossings in Eagle Pass has been unprecedented in recent days, with over 1,500 mostly Venezuelan migrants arrested by Border Patrol on the day of Vasquez-Santamaria’s arrest. The house where the victim was discovered had been used in the past in connection with migrant smuggling.
The Maverick County Sheriff’s Office has charged Vasquez-Santamaria with murder. The investigation is ongoing, and law enforcement has not released any details regarding the victim’s citizenship.
Concerns over border security and the potential for crime have been raised by critics of the Biden administration’s immigration policies. However, supporters argue that the majority of illegal immigrants are not criminals and emphasize the need for comprehensive immigration reform.