Tenn. parents of son allegedly killed by illegal immigrant plead for border security: ‘I don’t understand why that’s so hard’

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Grieving parents whose son was allegedly killed by an illegal immigrant feel betrayed by a government that hasn’t done enough on border security.

The 22-year-old Tennessee man, Pierce Kennedy Corcoran, was killed in a head-on car crash last month when Franco Cambrany Francisco-Eduardo, a 44-year-old suspected illegal immigrant allegedly swerved into oncoming traffic.

Corcoran’s parents, Knoxville Fire Department Capt. D.J. Corcoran and his wife Wendy, spoke with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Monday about their tragic loss and their desire for stricter control at America’s borders.

“It’s been the hardest thing of our lives, I can’t even explain it,” Wendy Corcoran said on “Hannity” Monday, explaining the frustration of teaching their children to be responsible while others like the suspect are not abiding “by the same responsibility.”

Hannity then read a portion of a “very powerful” letter the mother wrote.

“We are all aware as a family that nothing can bring Pierce back, but don’t tell me my son, who lived in this county and followed its rules, doesn’t deserve better,” Hannity read. “For God’s sake, out of the respect for the men and women who fought and fight to make this country such a desirable place to live… do the right thing. Come here legally and become a responsible citizen.”

Capt. D.J. Corcoran backed his wife’s words, explaining that they “are not a hating people.”

“We are not a hating people, we love and we rally behind people — the underdogs — that come here to America and succeed legally, and that’s what we want. And I don’t understand why that’s so hard,” he said. “And this shouldn’t be a political left wing, right wing… it should just be America.”

He also noted how his son’s alleged killer was in America for more than a dozen years, living in “the shadows.”

“We should really try to help those people come here legally and be responsible citizens,” he said. “He’s been here for 14 years, and he made no attempt to become a legal, law-abiding citizen. He’s lived in the shadows for all this time.”

Francisco-Eduardo, who was was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was charged with criminally negligent homicide and driving without a license or insurance, according to Fox News.

“Our son’s life meant something, and our government makes it feel as if it didn’t — that somebody who had no right to be here matters more,” Wendy Corcoran said after noting how they felt re-victimized by the system, holding the government accountable for not doing enough about the cracks in the system.

“My father told me one time,” her husband recounted, “he said a lock, a door, a wall will keep an honest person out.”

“If a criminal or someone who wants to do harm or do something illegal– they’ll find a way in. A wall will stop some people from just coming over, but I think there needs to be something in place that’s gonna be a deterrent,” he added.

“In manufacturing, if you manufacture a product, and it is killing people, and it is hurting them, they will issue a recall. We have a system that has a flaw. We have a flaw in the system, and there needs to be a recall. There needs to be a do-over,” he continued. “We need to stop the conveyor belt — stop the manufacturing.”

“I know I speak for this audience,” Hannity said, wrapping up. “We pray for you and your family, we’re so sorry… he’s such a beautiful young man. Twenty-two years old… this should not happen. This should not happen in our country. You are in our prayers.”


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