Posted on September 5, 2020

GOP Senators Launch Probe Into Failure to Deport Illegal Immigrant Accused of Killing Motorcyclists

Adam Shaw, Fox News, September 3, 2020

Republican senators are launching an investigation into how a Mexican illegal immigrant, and a former recipient of the Obama-era program that shielded immigrants from deportation, was never deported despite a history of criminal behavior that allegedly culminated in the deaths of four motorcyclists in July.

Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., Josh Hawley, R-Mo., Thom Tillis, R-NC., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, wrote to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) demanding answers about Ivan Robles Navejas.


Navejas is accused of killing four members of the Thin Blue Line Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club in July when, according to local outlets, the car he was driving traveled across the center line and hit the motorcycles traveling in the opposite direction. Navejas is charged with DWI, multiple counts of intoxication manslaughter and also multiple counts of intoxication assault, according to KHOU11.

The Republican senators, in their letter, note that it is not the first charges Navejas has faced.

“He has faced previous charges including resisting arrest in 2013, driving while intoxicated in 2016, and, most concerning of all, aggravated assault in 2018,” they wrote. “We are disturbed by the fact that, despite these egregious charges, Mr. Navejas has been permitted to continue residing in the United States, further endangering our citizens.”

Navejas reportedly came to the country illegally but was a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which shielded recipients from deportation. {snip}