Sometimes the American justice system is embarrassing.
Nassau County Deputy Eric Oliver was trying to catch Francisco Portillo-Fuentes, an El Salvador man who was deported twice previously, when he was struck and killed by a vehicle.
Around the time of the incident, Portillo-Fuentes had been deported and reentered the United States two days before Oliver was killed.
Oliver, who had served in the navy, worked as a deputy in Florida, and was the father of a 6-year-old girl, was killed by an illegal alien who had been forcibly deported two times prior.
If our immigration laws were tighter, Oliver would be alive and would be able to see his daughter grow into an adult.
Oliver was killed on Nov. 22, 2016 when Portillo-Fuentes ran from a truck that a U.S. Border Patrol agent had approached at a gate station in Yulee. Oliver and another deputy began following Portillo-Fuentes, but Oliver was hit by a vehicle as he tried to keep up with him.
Portillo-Fuentes fled the scene and was later picked up after a manhunt.
What did he end up getting for his crime? Only two years in prison. That’s right, a measly two years for causing the death of a brave police officer.
Even the judge himself said the term was “certainly not greater than required. … Whether or not it’s actually sufficient is somewhat of an academic question.”
This is why we need to support President Trump and his call to tighten up the immigration system.