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State Rep. Kino Flores: If The Collar's Poppin', The ICE Ain't Stoppin'

South Texas state representative Kino Flores has some explaining to do.

The Brownsville Herald is reporting that over the weekend Flores' ranch worker Froylen Casares allegedly beat an unnamed man to death with a baseball bat at Flores’s ranch near Mission.

"It was a very bloody, very bloody, very gruesome crime scene," Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño told the Herald.

As if a murder on his ranch wasn’t bad enough for Flores, it turns out Honduran-born Casares, who is now on the run, was in the country illegally.

Flores was not at the ranch when the crime occurred. He claims to be stunned, not just by the crime but by Casares’s immigration status. And the Palmview Democrat has put forth a somewhat novel gambit in defense of his hiring of Casares.

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Call it the Izod Defense: Flores says the accused Honduran looked more like a member of East Coast prep school rock band Vampire Weekend than a guy you would find hanging around a Home Depot parking lot.

"He was preppy,” Flores told the Herald. “He looked the part. No indication. He fit in extremely well, he had family members here. It just looks bad in general ... of course it's going to grab more traction. I certainly don't want to go around challenging people's status."

Hidalgo County sheriffs say they have no plans to prosecute Flores, and that any further pursuit of the matter is at the discretion of Immigration and Customs Enforcement

John Nova Lomax

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