Temple: State lawmaker calls for new deportation policies

The family of UMHB student Amber Rice joined State Rep. Hugh Shine, R-Temple at the news conference Friday. (Photo by Sam DeLeon)
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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) A Temple lawmaker, flanked by the family of a local university student killed in an accident in 2007 involving a drunken driver who was in the country illegally, called Friday for new deportation policies.

State Rep. Hugh Shine, R-Temple, held a news conference Friday along with the family of Amber Rice, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor student who died in the 2007 accident.

He said he backs President Donald Trump’s directive to deport illegal immigrants convicted of reckless crimes.

"Our president is poised to keep his campaign promise of ensuring the federal government upholds its duty to protect our southern border. Our hope is that President Trump requires that an illegal immigrant convicted of a violent crime has no chance of being allowed to return a sanctuary life in the U.S.," Shine said.

Amber’s mother, Augusta Rice, said Friday she supports the action.

"I wanted him to be deported. He had killed my daughter, I didn't want him on the streets drinking and driving and killing another family or another person."

Juan Molina, 43, of Rosebud was convicted in October 2008 of intoxicated manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid in the July 16, 2007 accident that killed the 22-year-old student and was sentenced to concurrent 10- and five-year prison terms.

He’s scheduled to be released from prison in June and at time will be taken into ICE custody to await deportation.