Trump uses NFL player Edwin Jackson’s death to call for tougher stance on illegal immigration


Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver were killed early Sunday morning when a car driven by an allegedly intoxicated man plowed into them on an Indianapolis interstate while they were pulled over on the shoulder. The driver, identified as Manuel Orrego-Savala, is a citizen of Guatemala; Indiana State Police said he was in the country illegally and had twice been deported.

On Tuesday, President Trump used the incident to call for tougher immigration polices.

He also sent out a sympathy tweet to Jackson’s family minutes later:

Trump wasn’t the first politician to issue a statement decrying the incident in such a way.

“The loss of life at the hands of illegal immigrant criminals should make all Hoosiers sad and ultimately angry,” U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) said in a statement released Monday. “We must do more to get these dangerous illegal immigrant criminals off of our streets, and guarantee this never happens again by building a wall, ending sanctuary cities, and stopping illegal immigration once and for all.”

Joe Donnelly, a U.S. senator from Indiana and a Democrat, on Tuesday said Orrego-Savala should not have been allowed back in the country.

Jackson’s roommate, Chad Bouchez, told CBS News that Jackson would not have wanted his death to be politicized.

“Absolutely not. He would not want that,” Bouchez said. “I don’t think Edwin would have judged anyone on where they were from or anything else.”

Police say Orrego-Savala, 37, had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit when he crashed his Ford F-150 truck into Jackson and Jeffrey Monroe, Jackson’s Uber driver, around 4 a.m. local time Sunday. Monroe had pulled over because Jackson was feeling ill after a night on the town.

“[Jackson] actually did the right thing and he took an Uber,” Bouchez said. “He was making the right steps to get home safely and not put anyone else in harm’s way.”

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman told the Indianapolis Star that Orrego-Savala first entered the country sometime in 2004. The next year, he was convicted of driving under the influence in Redwood City, Calif. Orrego-Savala then was removed from the country by ICE in both 2007 and 2009; it’s unknown when he reentered the United States and came to Indiana.

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