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Immigration Debate: The Pastor

The tragedy that struck Tony Bartolucci linked him to the immigration debate

CLARKSON, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - Tony Bartolucci still cries every day, sometimes several times a day.
 
His faith tells him his daughter Giana is with God, but the thought of her hand in his remains, at times, too much to bear.
 
Giana died several months after the crash.
 
It was Christmas Eve 2015 when she and her dad made a last-minute run to a get a Christmas tree.
 
Efrain Lopez-Contreras was drunk behind the wheel when he veered into them.
 
The fact that Lopez-Contreras was in the country illegally didn't stop Bartolucci, a pastor at Christ Church of Clarkson, from forgiving him, but it did cement his view that undocumented immigrants shouldn't be allowed to stay in the U.S.
 
He talks about his story and thoughts on the matter in the video attached.
 
The piece is part of News 8's series on the Immigration Debate.
 
Our previous two interviews – one with Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts and one with two undocumented immigrants – can be seen here and here.
 

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