An illegal alien with a criminal history and revoked license allegedly killed a father of five in a careless driving accident in Colorado, last week, and some are asking why the habitual drunk driver and domestic abuser was not deported a long time ago.
The victim, Sean Buchanan, was riding his motorcycle on Highway 83 between Colorado Springs and Castle Rock when the suspect swerved into his lane and killed him, according to Colorado State Patrol troopers. He was heading to his new house in Castle Rock where he intended to drop off his bike. His wife Kathy, who was traveling on a different route, was going to meet him at the house and drive back to Colorado Springs with him.
“He was amazing,” the grieving woman told Denver7 News. “It’s trying to figure out what the new normal looks like when the old normal was so good.”
Miguel Ramirez Valiente, a Salvadoran national who has been in the country illegally for 14 years, had sought and received refuge in a Colorado Springs church last December to avoid deportation. His “plight” received sympathetic media attention at the time.
“Ramirez Valiente stood at the pulpit at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Wednesday and told reporters he was seeking sanctuary to fight for the chance to remain with his wife and three children,” CNN reported.
His wife Alisha Ramirez Valiente told reporters that she didn’t know what she’d do if authorities sent her husband back to El Salvador.
“The government shutdown is tearing our family apart. My three children and I are terrified that he will be deported. His children need him. So do I,” she said. “I hope that him being in sanctuary will give him enough time for the government to reopen and his motion to be reviewed.”
Eight months later, the Buchanan family has been “torn apart” by the “undocumented immigrant” touted by CNN as a victim of President Trump’s government shutdown and draconian immigration policies.
Those familiar with Ramirez Valiente’s arrest record know better. One close acquaintance told Denver7: “This family deserves to know who they’re dealing with. He’s an alcoholic and an abuser.”
His arrest record shows charges for reckless endangerment in 2011 and domestic violence in 2016, both cases apparently dismissed by the El Paso County District Attorney.
In 2018, he plead guilty to a 2018 charge of driving under the influence and his license was revoked, according to court records and Colorado State Patrol.
One day before the deadly crash, his probation for that DUI was extended because he had not completed alcohol therapy and community service.
Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz asked a couple of good questions:
How could someone be so known to authorities as a habitual public danger and also an illegal alien, yet he was going to alcohol therapy? Why was he not going to alcohol therapy in El Salvador?
Horowitz also had some questions for the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church after its “callous disregard for human life.”
How many others with criminal records are they harboring? Does Rev. Nori Rost still feel he is “honoring the country’s history of providing a safe haven for those fleeing violence”? Can they at least do a background check before thwarting the law of harboring illegal aliens?
Valiente was not arrested on scene because authorities were unable to determine the level of his intoxication. 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 D.A. is who actually files the charges on that.”
A woman who knows Valiente told Denver7 that she thought he should have been arrested at the scene.
“He just had a DUI, and he’s driving with no license, and he killed somebody, like you shouldn’t walk away from that.”
She added: “My personal opinion is that we don’t do enough to stop this kind of thing because it could have been stopped. 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.”
Not surprisingly, despite this tragic news, CNN has thus far neglected to offer a sequel to their Valiente deportation story.