Trump ties NFL PLAYER’S death to illegal migrants
U.S. President Donald Trump sought on Feb. 6 to use the death of an NFL player in a car crash - blamed on an undocumented migrant - to bolster his campaign to tighten border security.
Two days after Indianapolis Colts player Edwin Jackson and another man were killed, Trump said the suspected drunk driver - who had been deported twice in the past - was again in the country illegally.
“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!” Trump tweeted.
Jackson and the driver of his ride-share car were killed after a pickup driven by 37-year-old Guatemalan national Manuel Orrego-Zavala struck both of them as they were standing on the side of a highway near their stopped vehicle.
Prosecutors unveiled federal charges of illegal re-entry of a previously deported alien against Orrego-Zavala. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Removal Operations arrested him in October 2006, deporting him to Guatemala in January 2007. However, Orrego-Zavala was arrested again in March 2009 AND deported to Guatemala in May 2009.