The mother of Brandon Mendoza, the Mesa police Sergeant who was hit and killed by a wrong-way driver in May, has penned an emotional letter to the President on immigration.
In her letter addressed directly to President Barack Obama, Mary Ann Mendoza claims the federal government knew that Raul Silva Corona, the wrong-way driver, whose blood alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit at the time of the crash, was in the country illegally.
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She said prosecutors were "lenient" when Corona was convicted of crimes in Colorado.
Court records show that Corona pleaded guilty to a 1994 criminal conspiracy charge in Adams County, Colorado, and prosecutors dismissed charges of burglary, assault and leaving an accident scene. His sentence and more details about the charges against him weren't available.
"When he was convicted of these crimes and 1994 and the government knew he was in the country illegally, why wasn't he deported? Why are any of these illegal criminals in this country ??," she said in her letter.
In her letter, the mother calls for changes to immigration laws.
"I want laws to change that would not allow illegal immigrants to purchase vehicles in our country and register them to drive them in our states without having driver's licenses to drive them legally. How is this happening??? I want laws changed that will force the removal of illegal immigrants who break our laws," she wrote.
Brandon Mendoza was killed during the early morning hours on May 12 while on his way home from work. Officials said Corona traveled at least 30 miles along multiple Arizona freeways in about 22 minutes before crashing with the policeman.