Hard-Working, Loved Mexican With Checkered Past Facing Fifth Deportation From USA

Jose Medrano-Hernandez enjoys the genuine admiration of his girlfriend, his children, his neighbors and many of his past employers throughout Orange County, including in Newport Beach, Dana Point and Laguna Beach.

They all insist Medrano-Hernandez worked hard all day at construction or handyman jobs to feed a Santa Ana house with nine occupants and, though often exhausted, was always kind and considerate.

But to law enforcement agents in the U.S. Government, Medrano-Hernandez is a relentless "illegal alien."

He's been deported back to his native Mexico numerous times: May 1997, April 2000, May 2006 and August 2006, according to Department of Homeland Security records.

Yet, there's more to the Medrano-Hernandez story than immigration woes.

He's also a convicted cocaine and weapons dealer with a rap sheet that also includes assault with a deadly weapon, false identification to a police officer, multiple thefts and possession of narcotics for personal use.

Last November, Medrano-Hernandez allegedly committed a parole violation and ended up inside the Orange County Jail, where a sheriff's deputy with federal immigration powers asked him if he had a legal right to be in this country.

After serving 90 days for the parole violation, the defendant--who promises his days of alcohol abuse, drug addiction and crime are long over--was transferred to federal custody for violating U.S. immigration laws again.

This month inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana, U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter accepted a Department of Justice recommendation to send Medrano-Hernandez to prison for 46 months, the "low-end" of sentencing guidelines for the circumstances.

The 42-year-old Mexican remains locked this morning inside the Santa Ana Jail and will be bused to a federal penitentiary in coming days.

After he's served that sentence, he'll be deported for a fifth time and, because Orange County is where his girlfriend/fiancee and four boys live, probably will illegally cross the international border again.

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There are plenty of good people from Mexico who have chosen to immigrate legally. We should make room for them by deporting law breakers out of the US.

Mitchell_Young topcommenter

Three and a half years, at $40,000 per year, that's...a lot more than this guy ever paid in taxes. Yeah, $140,000. 

And that's not even counting the cost of 'educating' his children, even without the free lunches and breakfasts that *every*  Santa Ana School District elementary pupil is eligible for.

Plus, when did 'handyman' become a 'job Americans won't do' (tm)


Total Looser !!! Should be locked up for 20yrs in Mexico ! Can you imagine if an American did this in Mexico, they would get life, read the story about that AZ mom of 7, they trying to claim she had 30lbs of drugs under her bus seat..  come on now, how pathetic is that !

Michael McCracken
Michael McCracken

I'm sure people celebrating him somewhere are totally overlooking the assault he was convicted of.

vegandawg23 topcommenter

They need to just deport him out of a plane at 20000 feet, over the ocean without a parachute. 

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