Lack of Immigration Enforcement Claims Another Life

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January 27, 2022

IRLI investigation sheds light on a deadly traffic stop in Texas

WASHINGTON—As political leaders in Washington continue to undermine America’s border security, evidence is mounting that lack of immigration enforcement is costing innocent lives.

This was evident when an investigation by the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) first discovered the details when a law enforcement officer was allegedly killed recently in the line of duty in the Houston, Texas area by a criminal illegal alien.

In the early morning hours of Sunday, January 23, Harris County Constable’s Office Corporal Charles Galloway, 47, attempted to pull over a white Toyota Avalon in what was described as a routine traffic stop. The motorist was Oscar Rosales, a 51-year-old Salvadoran national.

Instead of complying with Galloway, Rosales immediately exited that vehicle and began shooting multiple times with an assault-type rifle at Galloway and then drove away, according to the Harris County Constable’s office. This was captured on Galloway’s dashcam video. IRLI was the first to confirm that Rosales was living in the United States illegally.

Law enforcement officers and paramedics arrived shortly after, but Galloway, a 12-year veteran of the constable’s office, was pronounced dead at the scene. A $60,000 reward was posted for the arrest of Rosales.

IRLI also independently confirmed that Rosales was previously convicted of aggravated assault with a weapon and sentenced to six years in prison.

“When individuals kill law enforcement officers, it represents a much more dangerous threat to the public,” said Dale L. Wilcox, executive director and general counsel of IRLI. “Anyone willing to kill a law enforcement officer would not hesitate to do the same to any member of a community. The fact that this suspect is an illegal alien with a criminal past is even worse. Cpl. Galloway’s family should not be grieving today, because the suspect should have been removed from the country years ago.”

A massive law enforcement manhunt over three days located Rosales in Mexico on Jan. 26. He was arrested and extradited back to the United States where he faces a capital murder charge.

The head of Cpl. Galloway’s department in Harris County is Ed Gonzalez, the Biden administration’s nominee to be director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.   

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