Illegal Migrant Kills Texas Child

In Midland, Texas, a community is mourning the loss of 10-year-old Alex “A.J.” Wise, Jr., whose life was tragically cut short in a hit-and-run incident. The suspect, Rogelio Ortiz-Olivas, a 50-year-old illegal immigrant from Mexico, was previously deported from the U.S. five times.

On February 8, Ortiz-Olivas, allegedly under the influence, drove his truck around stopped vehicles, hitting young Wise as he walked home from school. The boy was critically injured and later died despite being air-lifted for medical care. Ortiz-Olivas, who attempted to evade the scene, was arrested after a police officer noticed the telltale damage on his vehicle.

The Midland County sheriff’s office is holding Ortiz-Olivas on a $100,000 bond, and he faces serious charges, including a third-degree felony for hit and run incident causing death.

Local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities confirm Ortiz-Olivas’s extensive history of deportations and illegal re-entries. This incident adds to the growing list of crimes associated with illegal immigrants who should have never been inside the U.S. in the first place.

The community’s response has been one of sorrow and outrage. His family described A.J. as “the sweetest, coolest, funniest little boy you ever would meet.” The loss of such a young life not only devastates a family but also tears at the fabric of the community. His mother, Sykia Benson, expressed her grief and anger on social media, stating that Ortiz-Olivas “deserves everything he gets.” The family’s pain is palpable and starkly illustrates the human cost of policy failures.

This tragedy occurs against a broader debate on immigration and border security. Midland Police Department Chief Seth Herman highlighted the increase in organized crime due to the influx of illegal border crossers. The Permian Basin, a region far from the traditional border towns, now feels the impacts of what was once considered a distant problem.

As the 2024 election cycle swings into gear, Americans continue to rank the ongoing Biden border crisis as the top issue facing the federal government.

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