A Texas man whose daughter was allegedly killed by an illegal immigrant is challenging Congress to fund border security, enforce immigration law and protect American citizens.

Amanda Weyant-Ferguson, a 28-year-old sixth-grade teacher at Eastwood Heights Elementary School El Paso, was killed in a hit-and-run in November by undocumented immigrant Joel Velasquez, who faces charges for manslaughter, accident involving death and tampering with evidence.

Weyant-Ferguson's father, Dan Ferguson, joined the "Fox & Friends" co-hosts Monday morning to recount the tragic circumstances of his daughter's death and explain why he's attending President Trump's rally in El Paso Monday evening.


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Ferguson noted that Velasquez was previously deported and was back in the U.S. illegally, and he was jailed in 2018 for aggravated assault.

"They released him on bond without notifying ICE. Thus, he went and had a drinking spree, he ran two red lights and killed my daughter as she was crossing the street in a crosswalk," Ferguson said.

He said he's attending Trump's El Paso rally because he's behind the president's calls for border security funding "100 percent," including for the long-promised wall.

"He also needs to look at cutting off all the money for sanctuary cities, because all that does is let these illegal aliens back into society to commit more crimes," Ferguson said.

He said Trump understands the pain of Angel Dads and Moms who have lost their children to illegal immigrant crime.

"He knows the hurt that we've gone through. He knows the suffering that is being caused to the Americans citizens," Ferguson said.

On the other hand, he said, many Democratic lawmakers -- such as former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) and Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) -- seem more concerned with undocumented immigrants.

"They don't mention anything about the protection of the American citizens here, but they advocate the rights of all these illegal aliens."


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