Federal authorities revealed that illegal immigrant, accused of killing a father of two in a hit-and-run crash, was ordered to be deported over six-years-ago.

Today, there are 1.7 million illegal immigrants living across the United States from Mexico and Central America who have either already been issued final deportation orders or who have pending final deportation orders.

On June 22nd, in Bloomington, Illinois, Jose Rodriguez, a 27-year-old illegal immigrant  from Honduras, is accused of running a red light, causing him to hit and kill 39-year-old Corey Cottrell, two daughters ‘ father who was riding his motorcycle at the moment and was on his way to see his mother, Kathy.

According to prosecutors, after hitting Cottrell, Rodriguez fled the crash scene. The illegal immigrant turned himself into law enforcement officials the following day and has since been charged with causing a deadly hit-and-run and driving without a license. Rodriguez was allowed to post bail and be released just days after being charged.

Prairie State Wire’s W.J. Kennedy confirmed that Rodriguez had been living in the United States as an illegal immigrant for years, details of his immigration history obtained by Kennedy, revealed that an expedited deportation order was issued to Rodriguez in 2013.

The next year, on March 6, 2014, an immigration judge issued a final deportation order for Rodriguez in a trial that he failed to show up to, Kennedy reports. A federal immigration official told Kennedy, “[Rodriguez] is considered an ICE fugitive”.

Cottrell leaves behind his 11-year-old and 14-year-old daughters, Karina and Alexandra, his mother, Kathy; his grandmother, Virginia as well as his sister Shanna; and other relatives and friends.

Illinois became a sanctuary state for the at least 400,000 illegal immigrants living in the state in 2017. 

Sanctuary States, protect illegal immigrants from being arrested and deported from the United States solely on the basis of their immigration status.

In the case of Rodriguez, despite a deportation order dating back six years, but the state allowed him to be released on bail, and that led to the death of this father.