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Illegal immigrant faces multiple charges after fatal crash

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/07/18, 12:33 pm

Federal and state prosecutors have charged an illegal immigrant in a fatal drunken driving crash that killed an NFL player and an Uber driver Sunday in Indianapolis. Manuel Orrego-Savala, a Guatamalan national who has been deported twice, faces felony charges in the deaths of Jeffrey Monroe and Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson. Should Orrego-Savala post bail on those charges, federal authorities stand ready to apprehend him for illegal reentry into the United States. “If he’s able to make bond, the federal immigration authorities will take custody of him,” Indiana State Police Sgt. John Perrine said. “We don’t want this guy to slip away. We want to make sure that he has to stand and face the accounts of what he did.” Orrego-Savala had a 2005 conviction for driving under the influence in Redwood City, Calif., and numerous other misdemeanor convictions and arrests, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Nicole Alberico. President Donald Trump referenced the deadly crash in a tweet Tuesday calling for speedy immigration reform.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital assistant editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • Brendan Bossard's picture
    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Thu, 02/08/2018 07:57 am

    It will be easy for some to point to this case as yet another reason to treat illegal immigrants like criminals. But illegal immigration and manslaughter are separate issues. Let us not let this case feed into prejudice.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 02/08/2018 03:27 pm

    Mr. Bossard, are you saying illegal immigration is not a crime?  I believe it is. Perhaps it is not at the level of manslaughter or murder, but it still requires legal action. 


  • Brendan Bossard's picture
    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Sun, 02/11/2018 09:35 pm

    OldMike, I am not saying that it is not a crime in the literal sense.  Of course it is.  You break the law, you commit a crime.  But by that measure, we all are criminals.  The only distinction is a legal one that separates moving violations, misdemeanors, and felonies; and local, state, and federal.

    But normally the term, criminal, is used about people who have actually done something deliberately in order to harm another person.  What picture normally comes to mind?  That of a ne'er-do-well:  Blackbeard, Ted Bundy, a habitual drunk driver who commits manslaughter.

    Most illegal immigrants are not like this.  Most are good people who, for whatever reasons, take shortcuts to get into this country.  These people are not criminals in the traditional sense.  I believe that this word leads to a cruel stereotype, whether or not this is meant by those who use it of them.  Cruel stereotypes lead to cruel treatment, whether intended or not.  That is my concern.