By Stephen Thayer, LE Action Spokesperson
It’s happened again. An illegal alien deported from this country multiple times returns and kills an American citizen.
This time, Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver were killed by suspected drunk driver Manuel Orrego-Savala, a Guatemalan deported from this country in 2007 and again in 2009.
When will we learn that not preventing illegals from entering and roaming free in our country has consequences? In this case, deadly consequences.
This senseless killing was noted by President Trump when he tweeted that it was disgraceful that a person illegally in the country killed Jackson. He also tweeted, “that this is just one of many such preventable tragedies. We must get the Dems to get tough on the border, and with illegal immigration, FAST.”
So disgraceful that a person illegally in our country killed @Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson. This is just one of many such preventable tragedies. We must get the Dems to get tough on the Border, and with illegal immigration, FAST!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2018
The President is right—we need the ability to admit people to this country who have complied with federal law for admission and prevent those who don’t from getting in.
This is, of course, not the first time we’ve had to deal with criminal illegal aliens cutting short the lives of American citizens. It occurred in San Francisco when Kate Steinle was killed by Jose Inez Garcia Zarate, a five-time deported criminal alien from Mexico with seven felony convictions.
Just last week, Luis Bracamontes, a Mexican who repeatedly entered the U.S. illegally, was convicted of killing two California deputies and an array of other crimes. The killer smiled as verdicts were read and announced, “I’m going to kill more cops soon,” before he was led away. The president has used the case to accuse democrats of complicity.
Foreigners wanting to enter the country legally must undergo background vetting to determine whether they pose a criminal or terrorist threat to the homeland or are otherwise disqualified from admission. This vetting prevents known criminals or terrorists from entering the country and preying on Americans.
We don’t know, at this point, if Manual Orrega-Savala has a prior foreign criminal record, convictions for driving under the influence in his country of origin, or had other disqualifying factors. We do know he was convicted of driving under the influence in California in 2005, and in 2017 he was convicted of driving without a license and using an alias. We also know he was here, again, illegally and took the lives of two individuals who would be alive today but for his complete disregard for the U.S. immigration process. The legal one—not the years of “catch and release” mentioned by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in a joint law enforcement roundtable at the White House on February 6, 2018.
The secretary, during the White House meeting, emphasized the need for new and more effective immigration laws. Catch and release, where illegal immigrants are apprehended during attempted border crossings are given a summons to appear in court months in the future and then released in the U.S. must end.
It is clear that those here illegally have not been vetted and, in law enforcement encounters, questions that might illuminate their illegal presence are too often avoided. It’s a policy of willful blindness designed by politicians and imposed on law enforcement, making “equal protection under the law” a hollow precept.
America has too little idea who these illegally present immigrants are or whether they have criminal or terrorist backgrounds posing a serious threat to this country. Instead, until tragedy strikes and the president tweets, we look the other way.
Illegal immigrants arrive on their terms, ignoring ours, and stay as long as a lazy giant fails to act. They could be members or leaders of the notorious MS-13 street gang that uses knives to kill and maim victims and terrorize communities. According to Secretary Nielson, even membership in MS-13 isn’t sufficient to deny entry to America.
Securing our borders must be treated as a top administration and congressional priority. It’s time for Congress to pass real immigration reform, implementing President Trump’s and Secretary Nielsen’s approach to securing the nation.