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Republican Legislators Come Together To Invite 'Angel Parents' To Trump's SOTU

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The parents of a Tennessee man who was killed in a car crash by an illegal immigrant will attend President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, thanks to the work of Republican lawmakers.

Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee announced Thursday that Republican Congressman Tim Burchett’s wife had given up her seat so that both D.J. and Wendy Corcoran can attend the event.

Pierce Corcoran, 22, was killed in December after he was hit head-on by illegal immigrant Francisco Eduardo Franco-Cambrany, the Knoxville News-Sentinel reported.

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“The tragedy the Corcoran family has endured is one no family should ever have to experience,” Blackburn said. “The attendance of Pierce’s parents at the State of the Union serves as a reminder that we as a Congress have a duty to keep the American people safe. It is an honor to attend with Captain Corcoran.”

“My wife gladly gave up her spot for the Corcorans, and I’m honored to have them in attendance at the State of the Union,” Burchett said. “I have been friends with their family for years, and I can’t imagine how difficult it was losing Pierce. Congress has to get to work on stronger laws and increased border security so tragedies like this might be prevented in the future.”

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“With this, this Tuesday, I don’t know what to say about it,” D.J. Corcoran said. “We’re going open-minded, open-eyed to look and see what happens and to see what Pierce and God have in store for us.”

Corcoran said he is looking for purpose in everything that has happened.

“We feel like there’s a reason that we’re going. We don’t know it yet, but we’ll find out,” he said.

“A week ago, we were at an event that we were invited to, but didn’t know what we were going to do there or why we were going, and we ran into the ER physician that was working when Pierce came in, and we both teared up,” D.J. Corcoran said. “I said, ‘I didn’t know why I came here today, but now I do. I’m supposed to talk with you.’ It gave a little bit of closure for that in particular,” he said.

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The family has networked with the Angel Families organization, which helps families whose children were killed by illegal immigrants.

The Corcoran made a trip to Washington with the organization.

Republicans were glad to meet with them, D.J Corcoran said. Democrats, not so much.

“We tried to meet with (Speaker of the House Nancy) Pelosi and (Senate Minority Leader Chuck) Schumer, but they wouldn’t even give us the time of day,” he said.

“I give them the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they were busy, but all the other people were receptive and were able to see us. And for me, you can slam the door in my face, I don’t care. But out of respect for my son, please. That hurt,” he said.

Corcoran said illegal immigration exploits people like the man who is alleged to have killed their son. “There’s people that are staying in the country at the hands of business owners that employ them,” D.J. Corcoran said, according to WATE.

“They know they’re illegal, but they continue to keep them here and they’re exploiting them. They’re exploiting their talents they’re not paying them their wages. It’s cheap wages and it’s not fair for either side. And it forces those people to stay in the shadows, in the background, and not do the things that citizens are required to do – like getting a driver’s license and being insured,” he said.

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Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
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