Early in the morning on February 4, the day of the Super Bowl, Indianapolis Colts linebacker, Edwin Jackson, was struck and killed, allegedly by a drunk driver. Inebriated drivers kill thousands of innocent people every year. Every death caused by drunk driving is unnecessary, but this particular incident is especially tragic because it was doubly preventable.
Manuel Orrego-Savala, the alleged drunk driver that killed Jackson, is a twice-deported illegal alien from Guatemala who was also driving without a license. Preliminary reports show he had a BAC level of 0.239. Orrego-Savala has a previous dui charge from 2005 in California.
Jackson, who was only 26, had a history of working hard for his success. He played football for an Atlanta, Georgia high school and also won regional championships in wresting. And despite college recruiters passing him over, he found success as a “walk-on” star for Georgia Southern University’s football team. This opened the door for Jackson to play on the Indianapolis Colt’s “practice squad” in 2015 despite being undrafted. That opportunity led to him playing in the NFL and recording 66 tackles in 2016 before suffering an injury.
Edwin Jackson’s story of dedication and earned success stands in stark contrast to that of his alleged killer. Orrego-Savala decided to break the rules in order to enter the United States illegally three times. He then squandered his time in the United States by allegedly driving drunk, without a license.
If the United States had taken the necessary steps to secure our borders and remove the incentives that lead to illegal immigration, Jackson would likely still be alive today. And despite so many tragic stories like this occurring on a regular basis, hundreds of cities, counties and states continue to protect criminal illegal aliens like Orrego-Savala. If these “sanctuary” jurisdictions have their way, this alleged killer will be released back into society instead of turned over to ICE and ultimately deported. That makes this story all the more tragic. Our immigration system is so broken that it is costing us the lives and bright futures of American citizens.