Trump blasts Democrats on immigration after NFL player killed in car crash by suspected unauthorized immigrant

  • President Donald Trump mourned the loss of Colts' linebacker Edwin Jackson on Tuesday morning by calling on Democrats to get tough on immigration.
  • Trump often pushes his immigration agenda in the wake of killings or deaths.


President Donald Trump mourned the loss of Colts' linebacker Edwin Jackson on Tuesday morning by calling on Democrats to get tough on immigration.

"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 died in a crash at 4 a.m. Sunday morning in Indiana, and police told CNN that they believe the culprit was an immigrant living in the country illegally who had been deported twice.

"My prayers and best wishes are with the family of Edwin Jackson, a wonderful young man whose life was so senselessly taken," the president said in a follow-up tweet.

The driver of the truck that fatally hit Jackson and his Uber driver first entered the US in 2004, according to The Arizona Republic. Authorities told the newspaper that Manuel Orrego-Savala, 37, was arrested twice for entering the country illegally, and deported to Guatemaela in 2007 and 2009.

Orrego-Savala had a blood alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit, police told The Indianapolis Star.

Trump has often used tragic crimes and deaths to push his immigration agenda. After an unauthorized immigrant was acquitted after killing a 32 year-old woman walking with her family on a San Francisco pier, Trump lashed out at the city's "sanctuary city" status.

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NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 23: Edwin Jackson #53 of the Indianapolis Colts looks on during a NFL game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on October 23, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/ Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 01: Edwin Jackson #53 of the Indianapolis Colts takes the field for the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on September 1, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 05: Edwin Jackson #53 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates after stopping Matt Forte #22 of the New York Jets in the second quarter during their game at MetLife Stadium on December 5, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 01: Indianapolis Colts inside linebacker Edwin Jackson (53) runs to the practice field during the Indianapolis Colts training camp on August 1, 2017 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 13: Edwin Jackson #53 of the Indianapolis Colts attempts to break up a pass during the game against the Buffalo Bills on August 13, 2016 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. Indianapolis defeats Buffalo 19-18. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 13: Edwin Jackson #53 of the Indianapolis Colts looks on during a preseason game against the Detroit Lions at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 13, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Lions won 24-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 29: Indianapolis Colts inside linebacker Edwin Jackson (53) recovers a loose ball during the game against the Indianapolis Colts and the Cincinnati Bengals on October 29th, 2017 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH. (Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Similarly, after terror attacks from immigrants or foreign nationals, Trump has lashed out at "chain migration" or the diversity visa lottery program.

Jackson's roommate Chad Bouchez told CBS News that his friend wouldn't have wanted his death politicized.

"I don't think Edwin would have judged anyone on where they were from or anything else," Bouchez said.

The Colts said in a statement Sunday that the team is "heartbroken" by Jackson's death and that the 26-year-old "was loved by all in the Colts organization," the Associated Press notes.

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