Republican U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee has weighed in on the case of an alleged illegal immigrant who killed a man in Knoxville in a head-on car crash.
Blackburn said border security is a priority.
As The Tennessee Star reported, authorities charged Franco Cambrany Francisco-Eduardo, 44, with criminally negligent homicide, not having a driver’s license and failure to have proof of financial responsibility (having no insurance). The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has a hold on him.
Francisco-Eduardo, of Oak Ridge, is accused of killing Pierce Corcoran, 22. The Knoxville Police Department said Francisco-Eduardo’s Chevy pickup hit Corcoran’s Honda Civic, causing a chain reaction.
Corcoran and passenger Jade Adams, 21, were transported to UT Medical Center, where Corcoran was later pronounced dead.
Blackburn made her remarks about the case on FOX & Friends Monday.
“It is devastating. And, of course, we grieve and mourn with these families that have lost loved ones to illegal immigration,” Blackburn said.
“And every time I meet with an Angel Mom, my heart just breaks. And this is why every town’s a border town and every state’s a border state until we secure that southern border.”
Blackburn also said President Donald Trump is “so right” to demand $5.6 billion in border security funding, including money for a border wall. The fight over that border wall has prompted a partial federal government shutdown.
No one in Blackburn’s office responded to The Tennessee Star’s request for comment on the case of Edgar Torres-Rangel.
As The Tennessee Star reported, Torres-Rangel, an alleged illegal immigrant, drove drunk last month in Bedford County and killed a woman named Keri King.
As reported, officials with the Tennessee Highway Patrol worked the crash scene. Torres-Rangel sustained critical injuries. Authorities transported Torres-Rangel to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
Torres-Rangel later left the hospital on his own. His current whereabouts are unknown. The TBI has him on their 10 Most Wanted list.