I have to say that I am not surprised to hear today that the drunk driver who killed a nun was an illegal alien. Sadly this is because when I first heard the name of the drunk driver I immediately wondered if he was an illegal alien simply because he had a Hispanic name. And not for anything, this is not the first time an illegal alien killed on the highways of the Capital region.
The man suspected of drunken driving and killing a Catholic nun in Prince William County this weekend is an illegal immigrant who was awaiting deportation and who federal immigration authorities had released pending further proceedings, police said Monday.The man, Carlos Montano, a county resident, had been arrested by police twice before on drunk-driving charges, and on at least one of those occasions county police reported him to federal authorities."We have determined that he is in the country illegally. He has been arrested by Prince William County Police in the past," said Officer Jonathan Perok, a police spokesman, who said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was notified at the time of one of those arrests. - Washington Times
So here we have an illegal alien who had multiple contacts with the police, mainly through drunk driving, who for some reason the Federal Government decided that he was not enough of a criminal to warrant detention and deportation. You see, non-deportation by the Federal Government is actually part of some bizarre foreign policy. How do we know? Because the US Government's complaint to stop Arizona's illegal alien law states so:
And they further state in their complaint that the Government:
And it will interfere with vital foreign policy and national security interests by disrupting the United States’ relationship with Mexico and other countries. - Arizona Complaint
may even decide not to pursue removal of the alien if deferred federal enforcement will help pursue some other goal of the immigration system. See 8 U.S.C. § 1229c. - Arizona Complaint
It would be logical to assume that the Government would naturally want to remove from the country an illegal alien with a drunk driving arrest, and especially one with multiple drunk driving arrests. Again, the Government's complaint notes that the Government is busy trying to target illegal alien criminals, and even used this reason in their fight to stop Arizona's law, because of some fear that they will not be able to target these criminals if forced to deal with ordinary illegal aliens:
In exercising its significant enforcement discretion, the federal government prioritizes for arrest, detention, prosecution, and removal those aliens who pose a danger to national security or a risk to public safety. Consistent with these enforcement priorities, the federal government principally targets aliens engaged in or suspected of terrorism or espionage; aliens convicted of crimes, with a particular emphasis on violent criminals, felons, and repeat offenders; certain gang members; aliens subject to outstanding criminal warrants; and fugitive aliens, especially those with criminal records. - Arizona Complaint
This makes me wonder, just what kind of illegal alien criminals is the Government targeting to reduce the threat to 'public safety'? I would think that deporting drunk driving illegal aliens a given. Apparently not so. Also makes you wonder about their comment just what an illegal alien gang member have to do before he becomes targeted by ICE?
Not for anything, why is the Government spending all this money to hunt down criminal aliens while at the same time letting other criminal aliens out of jail? Perhaps the Government should be reminded of the simple proverb 'a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush' which Wiktionary so nicely explains:
It is preferable to have a small but certain advantage than a mere potential of a greater one. - Wiktionary
And as a bonus, the Government would not have to spend money to hunt these people down given that they are already in custody. It just boggles the mind that police are letting free illegal aliens criminals instead of simply deporting them.
And since this latest crime drove me to post on this let me comment about the following recent illegal alien death.
EL PASO, Texas - A 15-year-old Mexican boy shot and killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent was among El Paso's most wanted juvenile immigrant smugglers, according to federal arrest records reviewed by the Associated Press.The records show Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereka had been arrested at least four times since 2008 and twice in the same week in February 2009 on suspicion of smuggling illegal immigrants across the U.S.-Mexico border. Hernandez was repeatedly arrested along the U.S. side of the border near downtown El Paso, not far from where he was killed, but was never charged with a crime by federal prosecutors. - AZ Central (Click to read the whole story)
This story is troublesome because the Government knew that this teenager was smuggling illegal aliens across the boarder and still they did not throw him in jail. Oddly enough, he would probably be alive today if the Government prosecuted these criminals. Instead, they taught him that there was no real fear of being caught because nothing would happen to him. Unfortunately for him, this assumption contributed to his death.
And just to be clear, this was not any human smuggler. As the story notes, he was 'was among El Paso's most wanted juvenile immigrant smugglers'. and still, the government let him go. This is beyond irresponsible. It is criminal behavior on behalf of the Government.