by R. Cort Kirkwood
Wednesday, 17 April 2019
Yet another American is dead because immigration authorities didn’t deport an illegal alien.
Why wasn’t he deported? Because after he jumped the border, he claimed asylum and immigration authorities released him. He never showed up for his asylum hearing. Authorities denied his claim and ordered him deported.
But deporting him meant finding him. That never happened. And so he stayed in the country, only to get behind the wheel, police allege, and kill someone.
Thus does the case have all the elements of an illegal-alien vehicular homicide of the type that inspired President Trump’s oath to secure of the border, not least by ending catch and release; i.e., catching illegals, then releasing them in the vain hope they’ll return for a hearing to determine whether they can stay in the country.
And so another American, this one a beloved mother and teacher, is dead thanks to catch-and-release, which Trump vowed to stop and even signed an order to do so.
66 in a 55
The suspect in the case is a 16-year-old border-jumping Guatemalan, Domingo Marcos Diego.
Diego, Mobile’s NBC 15 reported, “is an illegal immigrant from Guatemala who tried to claim asylum in Arizona in 2017. When he was a no-show to his hearing, prosecutors say he was denied asylum and issued a final order of deportation. Authorities didn’t catch up with him until Monday’s crash.”
The Mobile County District Attorney, the station reported, accuses Marcos of killing Sonya Jones on March 18 on Highway 98 in Semmes, Alabama. If what the authorities say is true, Marcos didn’t much care about Jones.
At a preliminary hearing that sent the case to a grand jury, a state trooper testified that a witness saw Diego flee the scene. He “collapsed near a tree then got up again,” but such were his injuries that he “collapsed again, then tried to crawl away,” the station reported.
As well, surveillance video captured the wreck and Diego’s unsuccessful flight. Not surprisingly, the trooper testified that “crash data” showed that Diego was speeding, 66 mph in a 55-mph zone.
Diego’s attorney doesn’t deny his client was in the wreck, the station reported, but instead “claims another car hit him and that caused the accident.” But the crash data, prosecutors say, belie that story.
The Fox affiliate offered more details. The trooper testifed that Diego was driving an SUV and “crossed the center turn lane and ran into Jones’ car head on,” while Diego’s attorney says after the other car hit the illegal Guatemalan’s SUV, he slammed on his brakes and slid into the oncoming traffic.