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The status of executive amnesty maybe up in the air, but what's not uncertain is that crime along the southern border is a real problem. While the federal government tries to suss out what to do with the illegal immigration fiasco, another man lost his life at the hands of an illegal immigrant.


Grant Ronnebeck (top photo), 21, was at his job as a clerk at a QuikTrip in Mesa, Arizona when Apolinar Altamirano, 29, entered the shop. Video footage from the convenience store reportedly shows Altamirano, an illegal immigrant, shoot Ronnebeck and then calmly walk behind the counter and grab packs of cigarettes. Altamirano was arrested by Mesa police after a short pursuit, he is currently being held on a $1 million bail.

QuikTrip released a statement shortly following the murder, "As you are aware, law enforcement is still conducting their investigation. QuikTrip is absolutely devastated and heart-broken by this tragic loss. Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with our employee’s family."

Altamirano was no stranger to crime before the killing. In 2012 he was placed on probation, but served no jail time, after being charged with burglary. Fast forward to this year, in early January he was cited for trespassing, at the same QuikTrip where he killed Ronnebeck, and was served with an injunction for harassment on January 19th. Furthermore, Maricopa County Attorney's Office said that Altamirano was also out on a bond for other issues from the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, while they were trying to decide whether or not they should deport him. Instead of dragging their feet on whether or not to deport an illegal immigrant with a criminal past the Feds should enforce the law.

Stories of crime plaguing the southern border are becoming all too common. It's time for the federal government to take action and protect the citizens before another person becomes collateral damage.

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