LOS ANGELES, CA — A California man who’s fiance was killed in a car crash last month after being hit by an illegal immigrant who had been deported five times says President Trump called to offer support during his time of need.
Rodrigo Macias appeared on the Fox News morning program “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday to discuss the death of his fiancee, Sandra Duran, 42. Shortly after the program aired, Macias says he was shocked to hear that President Trump wanted to speak with him.
According to Macias, the president was extremely sympathetic to his story and urged him to “stay strong”.
“It tells you a lot about this president,” Macias, a real estate broker, told the Southern California News Group on Wednesday evening. “You can’t have the local mayor do that, but the president of the U.S. went out of his way to do that. I’m very glad my fiancée and I voted for him. In fact, I’m extremely happy.”
Macias, 39, took the opportunity while on air to criticize Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Police Chief Charlie Beck and city policies that he said afford protections to illegals. Garcetti and Beck have said the city has no plans to get involved in any deportation efforts by the federal government and that the city’s long-standing policy that prevents police officers from asking about a person’s immigration status will continue.
“I said (on the show) that the possibility of the president of the U.S. calling me first are probably better than the mayor or chief (of police) reaching out to me at this point, and that’s exactly what happened,” Macias said. “These cities (sanctuary cities) need to get their acts together.” he added, “Otherwise, I hope (Trump) cuts their funding,” he said. “I think that’s the only way he’s going to fix it.”
Estuardo Alvarado, 45, the man who allegedly killed Duran, was speeding down Sepulveda Boulevard while fleeing the scene of another crash, say police, and slammed into a car being driven by Duran.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said in a statement after after Duran’s death that Alvarado, a Mexican national, has been a target of their agency for decades.
“Department of Homeland Security databases indicate Mr. Alvarado has been removed to Mexico five times since 1998, most recently in 2011,” ICE spokesperson Virginia Kice said.
A White House official confirmed on Thursday that president Trump called Macias the day before to “offer his condolences.”
President Trump has vowed to reduce crime caused by illegal immigration by sealing the southern border to the United States . He said he will do so by erecting “an impenetrable physical wall” funded by federal dollars, money he says he plans to make Mexico reimburse.