Donald Trump: ‘Disgraceful’ that person in US illegally killed Colts player Edwin Jackson

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The 26-year-old linebacker was one of the two people killed when they were struck by a suspected drunk driver on I-70 early Sunday morning. Emma Kate Fittes/IndyStar Wochit
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President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning tweeted about the death of Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and the man suspected of driving drunk in the car accident that killed Jackson and his Uber driver on Sunday.

Indiana state police confirmed Monday that the man, Manuel Orrego-Savala, 37, had been deported twice and was in the country illegally.

Savala hit Jackson, 26, and Jeffrey Monroe, 54, Sunday morning, and police said his blood-alcohol level was almost three times the legal limit.

Trump brought up border security and illegal immigration in his tweet about Jackson’s death, writing: “So disgraceful that a person illegally in our country killed @Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson. 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!”

Trump and Congress this week are debating immigration policy with a Feb. 8 budget deadline.

In a second tweet, Trump sent his condolences to Jackson’s family, calling him “a wonderful young man.”

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said that Orrego-Savala had previously been convicted for DUI in California.

Later Tuesday, Sen. Joe Donnelly, D., Ind., tweeted that the suspect “should not have been allowed back into this country after he was deported in 2007” and added that the immigration system must be fixed.

Contact Nicole Poell at npoell@usatoday.com or on Twitter @NicolePoell.

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