Donald Trump has said the US must crack down on illegal immigration following the death of Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson.
The 26-year-old Jackson was killed on Sunday in a car accident and police have detained a suspected drunk driver in connection with the death. Police say Manuel Orrego-Savala, who is originally from Guatemala, was in the US illegally at the time of Jackson’s death and had been deported from America twice in the past.
“So disgraceful that a person illegally in our country killed @Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson,” wrote the president on Twitter on Tuesday morning. “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!”
The president later added his condolences to Jackson’s family: “My prayers and best wishes are with the family of Edwin Jackson, a wonderful young man whose life was so senselessly taken.”
According to police, Orrego-Savala’s blood alcohol levels were three times the legal limit when he drove on to the shoulder of Interstate 70 in Indianapolis and hit Jackson. Jackson had pulled over after he felt sick and was being helped by another driver, 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe, who was also struck and killed.