Virginia parents say the DACA program put their daughter in danger and directly led to the death of one man as well as the nearly fatal assault of another. Lindsay McDannold says their son-in-law, Franklin Freddy Meave Vazquez, 27, married their daughter for citizenship but the family did not learn about his legal status until it was too late.
“If the system had worked, I wouldn’t be dealing with this because my daughter would’ve never met him and someone would still be alive today,” Lindsay McDannold said.
According to Fox News, he parents said the relationship between their daughter and Vazquez was tumultuous. They called him a “monster” and said he’d made threats against her and her family more than once. They also said his violent tendencies were fueled by an opioid and heroin addiction.
A public defender representing Vazquez did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Vazquez allegedly killed one crew member in a hammer-and-knife attack aboard Captain Billy Haver, a fishing vessel that was sailing some 55 miles off Nantucket, on Sept. 23. A judge ordered him held without bail.
Two wounded crew members were taken aboard a nearby cruise ship that responded to the captain’s distress call, and one was pronounced dead by the ship’s doctor.
Shelby McDannold said his daughter had separated from Vazquez after the man’s arrest this past March, in an altercation which started when she came home late from work but escalated, he said, after his daughter refused to give Vazquez her Social Security number to start the paperwork needed for his citizenship.
Fox News has exclusively learned that Vazquez was an illegal alien in the U.S. until he was granted deferred action under the DACA program on Nov. 30, 2013. The program is aimed at children brought to the country illegally by their parents.
Vazquez’s legal status was set to expire on Nov. 29, 2015. He applied for renewal but his request was denied on August 16, 2016 – almost a year after his DACA status had already expired. Documents say his request was denied for abandonment, meaning he may have failed to respond to an information request or never showed up for a required appearance.