Last month, three members of the Thin Blue Line Motorcycle Club were killed by an illegal ‘immigrant’ driver in Texas during a head-on collision. Many people wonder why a man who had already been arrested on drink driving and who was in the country illegally was able to remain to kill these retired officers.
Three of those who were struck died while nine others were seriously injured in the crash.
It is tragic when a traffic crash results in any kind of death, but it is worse when the party at fault is alleged to have been intoxicated. It is even more frustrating and unexplainable, actually downright maddening when the person responsible should never have been in the United States to begin with.
In this case, the driver of the vehicle to blame in the crash was identified by police as Ivan Robles Navejas, who was arrested and charged with three counts of intoxication manslaughter and six counts of intoxication assault.
The men killed in the crash were retired police officer Joseph “GT” Paglia, retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel Jerry “Wings” Harbour, and retired US Army officer Michael “Psycho” White. They were riding in the group of mainly active and retired military and law enforcement members when the crash happened.
Along with the three who died at the scene, active police sergeant Joseph Lazo was also injured. Lazo suffered multiple injuries and his sister, Jenni Ward, and his family have started a GoFundMe page to help offset the medical bills.
Ward told the Plainfield Enterprise:
“He had a 12-hour surgery initially to try and repair his leg and he has rods and screws and at this time, they are just monitoring how well the leg will heal. We just don’t know at this point what the outcome will be.”
Ward said that he is “in good spirits and just wants to get back up this way. The hospital has no visitors because of COVID, so as much as we wanted to jump on a plane and get there for him, we can’t get in. All we can do is talk to him on the phone.”
The man who caused the crash, Navejas, is no stranger to law enforcement as he has been arrested several times in the past, including for driving under the influence.
According to KTSA, he had been arrested in 2013 and 2016 for DUI, while he also is out on bond stemming from an incident in 2018 in which he is alleged to have struck a man with his truck, pinning him between the truck and another vehicle.
He then bit the man’s ear off and then bit the victim’s back.
Navejas was arrested for the later incident and has been out on a $65,000 bond since that time awaiting trial.
Regardless of Navejas’ record, something in which an illegal alien is supposed to be deported for, he was protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
This program protected juveniles who came into the country illegally, and had not committed any crimes, and thus be allowed to legally remain in the United States and have the ability to work.
Navejas filed for and received DACA status from 2013 until 2015, he only now, in 2020, is eligible for deportation. Not even his felony arrest for biting another man’s ear off was sufficient to deport him prior to the order expiring last year.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement told Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz that Navejas had been protected from deportation by DACA and he is not the only one. ICE officials worked at locating and apprehending illegal aliens that were to be deported back to their native countries.
Of those arrested, they netted over 80,000 DUI arrests combined. That does not count the other crimes that those who were deported also committed while in the country illegally.