Illegal alien whose struggles CNN once sympathetically chronicled accused of killing father of five

Illegal alien whose struggles CNN once sympathetically chronicled accused of killing father of five
Sean Buchanan with his wife and five children, Miguel Ramirez Valiente (Image: Left—provided, right—KKTV)

Call this another “where are they now?” feature.

Back in January, as the government faced a potential shutdown over Democrats’ unwillingness to compromise on border security, CNN profiled one of the “victims” of the Right’s “indifference” to the plight of hapless asylum seekers. His name was Miguel Ramirez Valiente, and CNN wrote:

An undocumented immigrant in Colorado says he’s taken shelter in a church because the government shutdown leaves him with no other choice.

Miguel Ramirez Valiente is facing a deportation order — but his lawyer says right now he has no way to fight it.

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Most immigration courts are shuttered because of the shutdown. Judges are only hearing the cases of detained immigrants, while other cases are being postponed. But Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s fugitive operations and removal divisions are still operating.

So Ramirez Valiente stood at the pulpit at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Wednesday and told reporters he was seeking sanctuary to fight for the chance to remain with his wife and three children.

And where is Ramirez Valiente now? He is still in the U.S. with his three children, having managed to skirt the law. As a result, five other children are now without a father.

On Aug. 2, Ramirez Valiente struck and killed a man named Sean Buchanan while driving recklessly and without a valid license. According to Colorado State Patrol troopers, the father of five was riding his motorcycle on Highway 83 in Colorado Springs when Ramirez Valiente swerved into his lane and killed him.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, signed legislation in May that granted driver’s licenses to residents of the state, regardless of their immigration status.

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“No matter where you come from you should be able to drive to work and take your kids to school without fear,” state Sen. Dominick Moreno, also a Democrat, said at the time of the bill signing.

Buchanan, his wife, and his five children should have been able to enjoy the same freedoms, which have now been denied them.

Surely the media and leftists will now rush to Buchanan’s home to interview his wife and speak to the children, asking them what it’s like to grieve because of the actions an illegal alien.

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If you perform a search of CNN’s website, you’ll find the original story about the plight of Ramirez Valiente but nothing about the family whose lives he permanently altered for the worse.

Could Have Been Prevented

Aside from the obvious reality that had Ramirez Valiente entered the country illegally and was never deported despite an order, his acquaintances are coming forward to say he wasn’t quite the sympathetic person CNN made him out to be.

He had arrests for reckless endangerment in 2011 and 2016, along with a guilty plea of driving under the influence in 2017. One day prior to killing Buchanan, Ramirez Valiente had his probation for that same DUI extended due to his not having completed community service and alcohol therapy according to ABC Denver.

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“This family deserves to know who they’re dealing with,” a close acquaintance of Ramirez Valiente said of the Buchanans. “He’s an alcoholic and an abuser.”

And he never should have been in the damned country to begin with. Where’s the justice for the Buchanans, Democrats?

Cross posted at the Mental Recession

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is editor of the Mental Recession, one of the top conservative blogs of 2012. His writings have appeared at the Daily Caller, American Thinker, FoxNews.com, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record.