A pro-family activist in Indiana says the death of a young NFL player in an accident caused by a drunk illegal immigrant was a tragedy that could have been avoided.
Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson, 26, and his Uber driver both were killed early Sunday morning while parked on the shoulder of Interstate 70 when their car was struck by Guatemalan national Manuel Orrego-Savala, who authorities say was drunk and driving without a license when he plowed his truck into the parked car. State police say the suspect is in the country illegally and had been deported in 2007 and 2009. It was not immediately clear when Orrego-Savala re-entered the U.S. after being deported in 2009.
Micah Clark, executive cirector of the American Family Association of Indiana, says the Indianapolis community is in shock.
"It's unfortunate when anybody is killed by a drunk driver," he shares, "but then to find out that the drunk driver was an illegal alien just poured salt in the wound .... This was a tragedy that could have been avoided had laws been followed and had he [Orrego-Savala] not been here."
And it's not only a tragedy, adds Clark – it's also an affront to immigrants who come to the U.S. legally and go through the long, arduous process of becoming a citizen.
"And then the people who came here illegally jumped to the front of the line to get amnesty," he continues. "It's an insult to those who do it the right way. It's not a racial thing, it's not an anti-immigration thing; it's a law-and-order thing."
Clark expects the suspect will face numerous serious charges.
Early Tuesday morning, President Trump – in reaction to the tragedy – tweeted: "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!"