In the United States, the battle lines over globalism, which embraces an open borders-type slavery mindset, and sovereignty, which believes in national borders, is fierce. Both sides argue that they are correct and that the safety of law-abiding citizens either is, or is not in play.
Last Friday, Sean Buchanan, a father of five, was riding his motorcycle on Highway 83 when Colorado State Patrol troopers said another driver swerved into his lane and killed him. That driver was an ‘undocumented immigrant’ (aka. Illegal alien, who did not have the legal right to be in the country).
Moreover, the driver Miguel Ramirez Valiente, was driving without a license and is known as an “alcoholic and abuser.”
In fact, people are speaking out because the father who was killed advocated for people like Ramirez Valiente to be allowed to remain in the country they invaded illegally.
In fact, Ramirez Valiente is one of the people who recently made headlines when he demanded sanctuary in a church.
Eight months after he sought sanctuary from a Colorado Springs church to avoid deportation, Miguel Ramirez Valiente stands accused of careless driving with a revoked license in a crash that claimed the life of a father of five.
Now, those who know Ramirez Valiente say he never should have been driving.
“It took people saying, ‘You need to say something about this to get that family help and justice,’ and that’s when we made the call,” said a close acquaintance of Ramirez Valiente, who asked to have her identity protected for her safety. “My heart broke for this family because this could be prevented.“
Last Friday, Sean Buchanan, a father of five, was riding his motorcycle on Highway 83 when Colorado State Patrol troopers said another driver swerved into his lane and killed him.
“He was amazing,” said his grieving wife Kathy, struggling to cope with an unimaginable loss. “It’s trying to figure out what the new normal looks like when the old normal was so good.”
The other driver, Miguel Ramirez Valiente, received national media attention in January while seeking sanctuary at a Colorado Springs Church.
He was pleading to avoid deportation to El Salvador to stay with his family.
“I can’t be separated from them,” he said. “I have always worked hard to support my family, and they depend on me.”
But those who know Ramirez said his arrest history tells a different story, and they want the Buchanan family to know it.
“This family deserves to know who they’re dealing with,” said a close acquaintance of Ramirez Valiente. “He’s an alcoholic and an abuser.”
His arrest record shows charges for reckless endangerment and domestic violence in 2016 in El Paso County, but CBI records show both cases were dismissed by the District Attorney’s Office.
In 2018, he plead guilty to a 2017 charge of driving under the influence and his license was revoked, according to court records and Colorado State Patrol.
On Aug. 1, one day before the deadly crash, his probation for that DUI was extended because he had not completed alcohol therapy and community service.
He was driving without a license when troopers said he over-corrected and swerved into Buchanan’s lane on Aug. 2.
While some are questioning why Ramirez Valiente was not arrested on scene, Colorado State Patrol said he was taken to the hospital.
“Most of time we do not arrest on a fatality accident, unless there is a high risk of intoxication, because at that moment we are not sure of charge,” Master Trooper Gary Cutler said. “We continue the investigation, and then submit the investigation to D.A.’s office with recommendations, and the D.A. is who actually files the charges on that.”
But those who know Ramirez Valiente question whether he should have been arrested or deported long ago.
“He should have been arrested after the crash,” said the woman who knows him. “He just had a DUI, and he’s driving with no license, and he killed somebody, like you shouldn’t walk away from that.”
Now, she is worried he will flee before he is brought to justice.
“My personal opinion is that we don’t do enough to stop this kind of thing because it could have been stopped,” she said. “You’re here and you’re a hard worker and you’re not causing trouble and doing bad things that’s fine, but he had already been in trouble, several times and now we have a death because of it.”
On Aug. 9, ICE said Ramirez Valiente was in their custody.
The Pluralist reported on Buchanan’s liberal activism:
In a sympathetic report at the time, CNN said Ramirez Valiente was one of about 50 immigrants who had tried to avoid U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in a church.
However, when he killed Buchanan, Ramirez Valiente was driving with a suspended license thanks to a 2018 DUI. He was also arrested for reckless endangerment in 2011 and domestic violence in 2016. A district attorney dismissed both charges.
After the crash, a close female acquaintance anonymously told ABC 7 Denver that Ramirez Valiente is “an alcoholic and an abuser.”
In the years leading up to his death, Buchanan publicly advocated on behalf of asylum seekers like Ramirez Valiente. On Facebook and Twitter, he shared political commentary rooted in a liberal vision of Christianity in between marketing and business tips.
Buchanan ― who formerly worked for Christian app company aware3 ― often retweeted posts by the late progressive evangelical writer Rachel Evan Held. In one tweet from 2016, Buchanan declared that “radical inclusivity” is “the most Christian phrase.”
Last April, Buchanan posted a New York Times column to Facebook expressing longing for a Church committed to “feminism” and “social justice” ― as opposed to the real-life “old boys’ club” that is “obsessed with dogma and rules.”
At the same time, Buchanan ― who raised two adopted black sons along with his three daughters ― was harshly critical of the president for his views on gender, race and immigration.
In 2016, he recommended an article to his Twitter followers comparing Trump to Adolf Hitler. Days later, he tweeted that the president’s hardline approach to immigration evinced “racism and ignorance.”
I used to think that #racism and ignorance on this scale would just die off with older generations, but as @GeorgeTakei points out – it continues to be handed down. #notdone #resist #freethekids https://t.co/Q2ZzEwERqv
— Sean Buchanan (@sabuchanan7) September 23, 2018
In February, he retweeted a post calling Trump a “racist.”
According to ABC 7, Buchanan had recently landed a new job in Denver and was moving his family to nearby Castle Rock when the fatal collision occurred.
His wife, Kathy Buchanan, told the station that her husband was a devoted family man. She set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for funeral expenses while she tries to figure out how to move forward.
“It’s hugging my kids tight, it’s relying on friends,” she said. “It’s trying to figure out what a new normal looks like when the old normal was so good.”