Illegal Immigrant Allowed to Remain in US Despite Arrests Accused of Drunk Driving Death

Allen and Debra VanHoozer are mourning the loss of their child, 24-year-old Heather, after an illegal immigrant who was not deported by U.S. authorities after a series of run-ins with law enforcement. The Mexican national was allowed to stay in the U.S. after numerous drug arrests, resulting in him allegedly killing the young woman by operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

U.S. authorities claim they do not routinely deport illegal aliens for marijuana offenses; apparently they do not routinely deport people for being in the U.S. illegally, either.

The VanHoozer family is now set to face the accused killer of their child in court. The young Mexican “Dreamer” was Osvaldo Cerda, 18, and he is expected to plead guilty to intoxication manslaughter, according to Houston’s KHOU News. 

He faces a maximum sentence of twenty years if convicted of taking the young woman’s life, then allegedly taking a swig of his beer, crushing the can underfoot, and ultimately running away without assisting his victim. 

KHOU News’ Teresa Woodard described Cerda as "an illegal immigrant with a criminal record. He had had three prior arrests for marijuana possession. This still-grieving mother and father can not understand why he had not been deported.”

Heather VanHoozer was a nursing student at Texas Woman’s University. "Alan broke down as he called Heather ‘the best daughter I could have,’" reports Woodard. "Through tears, he said: 'Just couldn't have asked for a better child.'" 


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