Two young girls will have to live the rest of their lives without their daddy because an illegal alien from Honduras who had already been ordered to be deported killed him. We hear an awful lot about the horrors of kids being held in detention centers on our southern border, who are forced to remain in custody until immigration agents can prove they aren’t victims of human trafficking. What about the kids who are American citizens, who’ve lost their mommy or daddy to an illegal alien who should never have been living in the United States in the first place? What about those kids AOC?
The Prarie State Wire reports – Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has confirmed that Jose Rodriguez struck and killed Corey Cottrell, 39, of Normal, Illinois, on June 22, and is in the United States illegally. Border Patrol agents, in fact, issued the 27-year-old from Honduras an expedited removal order all the way back on April 17, 2013, according to a statement from ICE.
“Then on March 6, 2014, a federal immigration judge ordered him removed in absentia,” the statement said. “He is considered an ICE fugitive.”
Cottrell family friend and spokesperson Cheryl Wendland said the family was shocked at the news.
“It’s much worse than we all expected,” she said. “It means he’s been in Bloomington illegally for at least five years.”
On June 22, Rodriguez was driving east on Macarthur Avenue in Bloomington when he ran a red light near the intersection with Main and struck Corey, according to prosecutors. Corey was driving his motorcycle on his way to see his mom at the Bloomington Church of Christ picnic, Wendland said.
Rodriguez fled the scene. He turned himself in the next day and was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving a death, a Class 1 felony punishable by up to 15 years in jail. Rodriguez was also charged with driving without a license and disregarding a traffic control device.
He made bail on June 26. His arraignment is July 12, but the family fears he will evade prosecution by fleeing the country. July 12 is also the date of Corey’s funeral services. He leaves behind two daughters, ages 11 and 14.
ICE said that it placed an immigration detainer with McLean County Jail on June 23 in light of Rodriguez’s criminal arrest.
But the detainer is powerless since Illinois is a sanctuary state and Bloomington a sanctuary city, said Don Rosenberg of Advocates for Victims of Illegal Alien Crimes (AVIAC).
“Officials in sanctuary jurisdictions are not permitted to cooperate with ICE regardless of the crime,” said Rosenberg, a Californian whose son was struck and killed in 2010 by a car driven by someone in the country illegally.
“Essentially the detainer process is a notice that when you are done with the guy we want him,” Rosenberg said. “That would mean after a trial and if guilty after he served his time. If not guilty they would still turn him over. Sanctuary jurisdictions just ignore the detainer.”
Rosenberg added that sanctuary policies and laws effectively grant diplomatic immunity status to those in the country illegally, even those who have committed crimes.
“It jeopardizes everyone else,” Rosenberg said
On March 17th, we reported about another father of a young daughter who was decapitated by an illegal alien when he hit 26-year-old Jamar Beach who was riding his motorcycle
26-year-old Neri Damian Cruz-Carmona, who broke the law when he entered the United States, hit 26-year-old Jamar Beach on his motorcycle, decapitating him, and then driving away with Beach’s head on the hood of his vehicle.
Beach’s two-year-old girl will grow up without her father, because someone who should never have been driving on the streets in the United States of America, took her daddy’s life in a violent and gruesome accident.
According to ABC 11 – The family of a Raleigh man killed in a crash in September said he wouldn’t be dead if the man who hit him had not illegally entered the country.
The man who hit Jamar Beach, 26, pleaded guilty Friday to hit-and-run causing death–it was the only criminal charge prosecutors said they could defend in court.
“I’ve been disturbed. I’m still disturbed talking about it,” the neighbor said. “I’m traumatized. It was horrific.”
The judge in the case handed down the maximum sentence of 20-33 months in prison, but Beach’s family said it’s just not enough.
“He had no business here in the first place and he should not have been operating a vehicle,” Beach’s mother Cameo Robinson said. “He didn’t have a license. So, therefore, he’s being treated better than the citizen who’s been killed.”
Investigators said they could not gather enough information to charge Neri Damian Cruz-Carmano–who entered the country illegally from Mexico–with driving while impaired or causing the accident, even though they believe he did both.
With credit for time served, Cruz-Carmano will be eligible for release in 14 months.