Byrne calls for stronger border security, immigration laws in wake of Mobile woman’s death
Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1) joined “Fox & Friends” Wednesday as he seeks justice for the hit-and-run victim of an illegal immigrant.
Sonya Jones of Mobile was killed in a hit-and-run car accident last week by Domingo Francisco Marcos, a 16-year-old illegal immigrant from Guatemala.
Describing the event, Byrne said, “She’s minding her own business, driving her car, this 17-year-old illegal immigrant runs into her and kills her. He tries to leave the scene of the accident. He’s so injured, he can’t. They apprehend him.”
He added, “Now we find out he came into this country illegally, obviously, then claimed asylum, and like so many people he tried to gain the system. When he had a court date for his asylum claim, he didn’t show up. And now this happens.”
Byrne then reaffirmed his support for President Trump’s agenda of repairing America’s broken immigration system.
“This is why the president is so insistent that we build the wall and that we change our law so that these sorts of incidents don’t happen to innocent American citizens,” he stated.
Byrne also made the case that illegal immigration is impacting every state, not just those near the U.S.-Mexico border.
“Look what happened in Mobile, Alabama, well away from the Mexican border. By the way, we’ve had two rapes by illegal immigrants in the northern part of Alabama,” Byrne said. “It doesn’t matter where you live in America, these people can come into our country and harm us.”
He added, “He came across as a minor, we’ve heard a lot about minors. Well, minors can cause harm, minors can cause death. We need to have a system that protects everybody in America and that means building a wall, changing our laws so that people like him can’t gain the system and harm people like you and me.”
Byrne concluded the interview by discussing the harsh impact of illegal immigration and the role elected politicians play in the process.
“If these incidents don’t tell us anything, it should tell us we have a solemn responsibility to protect our citizens and we failed this family and the friends of this dear woman, who obviously did not deserve this,” he advised. “We need to do something about this and do it now.”
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