Edwin “Pound Cake” Jackson, Linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts, and Jeffery Monroe, a rideshare operator, were killed on Sunday morning in a car accident on Interstate 70 near Indianapolis, Indiana. Responding officers reported the suspect initially fled the scene but was later captured in the area that morning.

Per Breitbart, the suspect initially identified himself as Alex Cabrera Gonsales, a 37-year old Mexican national. Police later discovered the suspect gave false information regarding his identity and nationality. Investigators revealed the suspect’s real name to be Manuel Orrego-Savala, a Guatemalan national in the country illegally who has been deported on two occasions. Once in 2007 and again in 2009.

Police report that Jeffery Monroe was a rideshare operator who was driving Colt’s Linebacker Edwin Jackson home that morning. Both men were traveling in a 2018 Lincoln when police believe Monroe pulled to the shoulder of Interstate 70 in order to assist Jackson, who had allegedly become ill.

Both individuals were outside of their vehicle when a Ford F-150, allegedly operated by Orrego-Savala, slammed into the rear of their vehicle. The impact of the collision sent one of the men into the center lane of Interstate 70 where he was subsequently struck by an oncoming vehicle. Both victims were pronounced deceased at the scene.

Edwin “Pound Cake” Johnson had just finished his second season with the Indianapolis Colts and was considered an outstanding athlete with a bright future. That future was cut short by a man who illegally entered the United States and refused to follow the laws that govern our land. The result is yet another tragic loss of American lives at the hands of an illegal immigrant, a story that has become all too common in the United States and seems only to be getting worse.  

Anyone who has spent a morning in a district courtroom in various cities across the country can see a troubling trend that allows for similar situations akin to the one above to continue. In Massachusetts for example, illegal immigrants caught driving without a license are handed a minimal fine that will increase with further offenses however, judges rarely hit them with a maximum fine or any further punishments such as jail time. People such as Manuel Orrego-Savala are allowed to pay off the fine with their tax-free income while American citizens have a criminal mark put on their permanent record coupled with fines and possible jail time.

President Trump has brought the immigration debate front and center in order to finally tackle the problem, and it is a major problem. If President Trump holds his ground in offering a 12-year path to citizenship for 1.8 million DACA recipients in exchange for an end to the Visa Lottery, a curtailing of chain migration, and a long awaited wall along the southern border, then Americans could see a sharp decline in these tragic scenarios involving illegal immigrants.

We do have to remember, at the end of the day they are considered illegal immigrants because they entered the country illegally. If an illegal immigrant is committing further crimes while in the country illegally, we must assume their intentions are not in line with American values. If Americans must wait in line in order to board a plane, see a movie, go to a restaurant, or migrate to another country, then immigrants coming to America must wait in line for their immigration applications to be reviewed, considered, vetted, and decided upon.

Both sides of the political spectrum believe the immigration system is broken however, it appears that the President and Congressional Republicans are the only ones that are serious about fixing it. The President’s offer is on the table and if Democrats want to display their desire to fix the immigration system, all they need do is except the deal. A deal that the President will take a beating on by his own base.

The President has made concessions, where are the Democrats? If the Democrats wanted to outline their desires for immigration reforms they should have won the 2016 presidential election.

What do Democrats display when they are offered more than what they called for but decline the deal once it’s extended? A clear desire to be counterproductive in order to maintain a broken system or to possibly break it even further.