This is Jeff Monroe, the Uber driver, who was killed by a suspected drunk driver over the weekend. His passenger, Colts player Edwin Jackson, was also killed. pic.twitter.com/i79UzySj1K— Gabby Gonzalez (@Gabby_Gonzalez) February 5, 2018
Over the weekend, Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe and Indianapolis Colts player Edwin Jackson died in an accident caused by an intoxicated driver. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump politicized Jackson’s death, making a case against immigration on Twitter.
The Sunday accident happened after Monroe pulled over after Jackson complained he was feeling sick. As both men stood outside the vehicle on Interstate 70, a Ford F-150 truck crashed into the vehicle, causing the Uber car to be thrown against one of the two men who was then thrown into the center lane where he was struck by a state police car.
Manuel Orrego-Savala, the Guatemalan citizen who was responsible for the fatal accident, was using the alias Alex Cabrera Gonsales. He had been living in the United States without documentation. Prior to the deadly accident, he had already been deported twice.
According to IndyStar, the driver may have also been involved in a similar accident last year and charged with operating a vehicle without ever receiving a license. He was held in jail for just one day.
If anything, the fact this man was again in the country after being caught so many times shows just how ineffective immigration laws often are.
On Twitter, the president said that Jackson’s death proves we need more stringent measures to bring illegal immigration to an end.
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
Struggling to get both his wall and other immigration measures passed by Congress, it’s clear that Trump has no problem using a person’s death to make a point, even if the point he’s making doesn’t sustain his case.
Jackson’s roommate, Chad Bouchez, told reporters that the late player would hate to see this tragedy being politicized.
“I don’t think Edwin would have judged anyone on where they were from or anything else,” he said.
Congressman Todd Rokita lamented Jackson’s death, but instead of simply sharing his sympathies, he also politicized the tragedy.
"We must... Guarantee this never happens again by building a wall, ending sanctuary cities, and stopping illegal immigration once and for all," he said.
He also took to Twitter to complain about immigrants following Jackson's death.
This news should make all Americans angry. A twice-deported illegal immigrant is suspected of killing 2 Hoosiers, including Colts LB Edwin Jackson. We must do more to get these dangerous illegal immigrant criminals off our streets, build a wall & put an end to illegal immigration https://t.co/mTmGu9iQbd— Rep. Todd Rokita (@ToddRokita) February 5, 2018
According to Bouchez, Jackson wouldn’t be OK with so many politicians using his death this way.
"Absolutely not. He would not want that," Jackson’s friend said.
As Orrego-Savala waits for his first hearing, we wonder whether Trump would have been so quick to condemn the driver if he was of a different ethnicity or if he was a legal resident. Perhaps if that had been the case, Trump might have ignored Jackson’s death completely.
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