Driver in Hit and Run Accident in Indianapolis Suspected to be Here Illegally

Indianapolis, Ind. – In February, a Colts player and his Uber driver were killed by a drunk driver in a hit and run accident. The suspect, Manuel Orrego-Savala had been deported twice and was here illegally again.

On Monday morning, another hit and run occurred, when Juana Noemi Loa-Nunez allegedly struck pre-school teacher Jessica Parks while she was crossing the street and on her way to work.  Parks’ injuries to her legs and lower body are serious.

Loa-Nunez tried to flee the scene and according to the Indianapolis Star, “several people chased Loa-Nunez down the street to stop her from leaving the scene. Van Williams, a bus driver for Fervent Prayer Church and Parks’ co-worker, was able to veer his bus in front of Loa-Nunez, and another witness, Shayna Pearson, pulled up behind her to prevent her from escaping.”

Today, the Star is reporting that ICE says Nunez is suspected of being here illegally.

Responding IMPD Officers arrived and took Loa-Nunez in for questioning and a blood draw at a local hospital.  Monday afternoon, police said Loa was arrested on charges of leaving the scene of an accident causing serious bodily injury, and operating a vehicle having never received a license.

On Tuesday, ICE released the following statement about Loa-Nunez:

“On May 8, 2018, deportation officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) placed an immigration detainer and an administrative arrest warrant with the Marion County (Indiana) Jail, following Loa-Nunez’s local arrest on criminal charges.”

These kinds of incidents are happening all over the country, with two right here in Indiana in such a short amount of time. Immigration reform is long overdue and there’s something is happening in our system where people aren’t being caught when they enter the country illegally.

The Center for Immigration Studies found that non-citizens commit a disproportionate amount of  federal crimes and are more likely to commit crimes than citizens. From that study:

Areas where non-citizens account for a much larger share of convictions than their 8.4 percent share of the adult population include:

  • 42.4 percent of kidnapping convictions;
  • 31.5 percent of drug convictions;
  • 22.9 percent of money laundering convictions;
  • 13.4 percent of administration of justice offenses (e.g. witness tampering, obstruction, and contempt);
  • 17.8 percent of economic crimes (e.g. larceny, embezzlement, and fraud);
  • 13 percent of other convictions (e.g. bribery, civil rights, environmental, and prison offenses); and
  • 12.8 percent of auto thefts.

Areas where non-citizens account for a share of convictions roughly equal to their share of the adult population include:

  • 9.6 percent of assaults;
  • 8.9 percent of homicides; and
  • 7.5 percent of firearm crimes.

Areas where non-citizens account for a share of convictions lower than their share of the adult population include:

  • 4.1 percent of sex crimes;
  • 3.3 percent of robberies;
  • 4.5 percent of arsons; and
  • 0 percent of burglaries.

Something needs to be done. American citizens are paying a high price for the lack of border security and obviously more resources are needed in our border states to try to prevent illegal immigrants from entering our country.

We owe it to Edwin Jackson, Jeffrey Monroe,  Katie Steinle, the victims of the MS-13 gang murders and all the others who don’t get national attention but whose lives are just as important.

 

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