Pedro Reynaldo Tun has been been living in the United States since the age of 13, and has been  convicted of drunk driving five times and deported twice. Tun is back in jail in Colorado. He told CBS through an interpreter, “I’m here alone and I like to drink.” His most recent drunk driving charge came from Arapahoe County District Attorney Brauchler. Tun has since been convicted and sentenced to 15 years in jail. However, prosecutors believe that with good behavior, Tun could be released within five years, and then deported again.
 
District Attorney Brauchler told CBS that if foreigner want to come into the US, “they just do.” He added, “There’s very little we can do to dissuade or stop them.”
 
Tun has blood on his hands. In a previous case, he was charged with vehicular homicide when a passenger in his vehicle was killed during an accident. 
 
 
Tun said that it has been relatively easy to enter the US illegally. He paid as much as $8,000 to a “coyote” or smuggler to usher him across the US/Mexico border. He asserted that if the US were to build a better wall along the border, the coyotes will benefit because they will charge more for illegal crossings. 
 
According to Brauchler, the jail and prison time that Tun has racked up has cost Colorado taxpayers approximately $1 million.  


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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