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Widow rips GOP candidate for exploiting her husband’s death in ‘disgusting’ anti-immigrant ad

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Deborah and Jeffrey Monroe (Screengrab / WDRB.com)

The wife of an Uber driver who was killed in a crash involving an undocumented immigrant slammed a Republican politician for using her husband’s death as part of his campaign, the Indy Channel reports.

Senate candidate Mike Braun evoked Jeffrey Monroe—who was killed alongside Colts’ player Edwin Jackson earlier this month after an undocumented immigrant allegedly drove drunk and hit their vehicle—in radio and TV ads that aired last weekend.

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Manuel Orrego-Savala was charged Thursday with the deaths of Braun and Monroe. Authorities say the undocumented immigrant’s blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit. Braun used the case to “promote building the wall and ending chain migration,” the Indy Channel reports.

Deborah Monroe, who was married to Jeffrey Monroe for nearly 24 years, ripped the candidate’s decision to use her husband in his ads.

“You don’t have a right to take other people’s misery and use it for your own political gain,” Deborah Monroe said. “That’s just wrong – that’s just downright wrong.”

“His immigration status didn’t kill my husband,” she added.

In a statement, Braun’s campaign said the candidate is “praying for th families of the victims.”

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“Mike Braun believes that Washington needs to stop illegal immigration, build the wall, and keep criminal illegals like the one that killed Jeffrey Monroe and Edwin Jackson out of Indiana,” his campaign said.


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Immigrant rights groups and Texas Democrats are urging a review on the legality of Trump administration immigration policies after a government watchdog found two of the White House’s top immigration officials are not legally eligible to serve in their respective positions.

The Government Accountability Office on Friday determined that Chad Wolf, acting Department of Homeland Security secretary, and Ken Cuccinelli, a senior official performing deputy secretary duties, aren’t legally qualified to hold those posts.

United We Dream, an advocacy group pushing for immigration reform, said the GAO’s conclusion calls into question the latest guidance from the DHS on the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program that was initiated in 2012.

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Enhanced unemployment benefits have expired and there is still no deal on the next COVID-19 stimulus package, but the president of the United States left Washington, DC on Friday for yet another weekend at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster.

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Trump declares that Fox News is ‘no longer the big deal’ in the 2020 presidential campaign

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Donald Trump on Friday reflected on what he sees as the key differences between his 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns.

"The biggest difference between the Presidential Race in 2020 and that of 2016 is the 2016 candidate, Crooked Hillary Clinton, was much smarter and sharper than Slow Joe, we have even more ENTHUSIASM now, and [Fox News] has become politically correct and no longer the big deal!" Trump tweeted after arriving at his Bedminster Golf Club for the weekend.

Trump has grown increasingly frustrated by the network and its polls, which gave him more bad news on Thursday.

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