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Illegal immigrant suspected of killing Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson faces federal charges

Manuel Orrego-Zavala, right, was charged Tuesday with illegally re-enter the USA. after the suspicion of driving under the influence crash Sunday killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson.

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An illegal immigrant from Guatemala accused of killing a NFL player on Sunday in a drunk driving crash now faces federal immigration charges, the Justice Department told Fox News Tuesday.

Manuel Orrego-Zavala, 37, had been deported but re-entered the U.S. illegally before the crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson, the chief Prosecutor of the V. S. Josh Minkler said.

“The defendant in this case allegedly again the country illegally for the second time before he the public safety of Indianapolis, indiana is in danger and took the lives of two innocent men early Sunday morning,” Minkler said in a news release. “In April, Attorney-General Sessions focused on all federal public prosecutor and the priority of the charging aliens who illegally re-entering the country, especially if they are a danger to public safety or there is a criminal history is present. According to the rule of law is the foundation of our American democracy, and my office is committed to the Attorney General of the directive.”

Governments that Orrego-Zavala as the suspected drunk driver, who allegedly killed Jackson, 26, and Jeffrey Monroe, 54. The couple, who were on the shoulder on Interstate 70 in Indiana, died after being hit Sunday by a Ford F-150 pick-up truck.

The suspect bolted from the scene but was soon arrested by the responding officer. He then gave the police the alias of Alex Cabrera Gonsales. Prison records seen by Fox News on Monday morning, said Orrego-Savala, under the alias of Gonsales, was driving without a driver’s license.

Orrego-Zavala previously had been arrested by the immigration officials in October 2006, according to a Tuesday press release, and was forced to return to Guatemala in 2007. He was not allowed to enter the U.S. for 10 years.

However, in 2009, he was arrested again and returned to his own country – and this time told he could not return to the US. for 20 years, the press release said.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, President Trump offered his prayers and sympathies for Jackson’s family, while the stress of his argument about the need for immigration reform.

“So shameful that a person who is illegally in our country killed @Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson,” Trump tweeted. “This is just one of many such tragedies to occur. We need for the Democrats to press hard with the Edge, and with the illegal immigration, and FAST!”

He continued: “We have one of the 21st century on the BASIS of MERIT immigration system. Chain migration and the visa lottery out of date programs that hurt our economic and national security.”

So outrageous that a person who is illegally in our country killed @Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson. This is just one of many such tragedies to occur. We need for the Democrats to press hard with the Edge, and with the illegal immigration, and FAST!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2018

Fox News’ Jake Gibson and Greg Norman contributed to this report.

We have one of the 21st century on the BASIS of MERIT immigration system. Chain migration and the visa lottery out of date programs that hurt our economic and national security. https://t.co/rP9Gtr2E5N

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2018

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