America has witnessed an stunning rise in drunk driving fatalities committed by illegal aliens – many of whom had previous criminal records and even prior DUIs – yet remained free in this country to drink, drive and kill Americans. This has always been a problem – with both Federal officials and local law enforcement dropping the ball. But thanks to new, relaxed deportation guidelines of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the numbers have increased to record levels in the past two years.
In August 2010, Sister Denise Mosier, a Benedictine nun (yep, like The Sound of Music) was killed and two other nuns seriously injured in Virginia when Carlos Montano, an illegal alien from Bolivia, driving with a suspended license and with a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit, slammed his car into theirs. Montano had been arrested two other times on drunken-driving charges – and county police twice handed him over to federal immigration authorities. But he was released back into the public to commit his third, and fatal DUI. Montano was convicted of felony murder in February of this year – far too late for Sister Denise.
Montano’s crime came mere days after ICE Director John Morton released a memo dictating new policies that the agency should shift the focus of their capture and deportation efforts on illegals who were suspected of terrorism, had been convicted of violent crimes or were repeat offenders, gang members or “aliens who otherwise pose a serious risk to public safety.” Clearly Montano does not fit ICE’s new definition of a “serious risk” to public safety, despite two prior DUIs, as he had been slated for deportation – and instead was released (adding insult to injury, he was even given a work permit by DHS!)
The Mosier killing marked a turning point under a broad Obama virtual amnesty which was at that point just beginning to emerge. On Stand With Arizona, we began to notice in our posts the growing body count of Americans killed by illegal alien drunk drivers with prior arrests and/or convictions, who were released by DHS or ICE to commit those crimes. And frequently state authorities also fail to enforce the law – whether through incompetence, or sanctuary city policies.
Now in Congress, Federal legislation has been re-introduced to mandate immediate deportation for any illegal alien convicted of DUI. It is H.R. 3808 – The Scott Gardner Act, introduced by Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC) and Rep. Mike McIntyre (R-NC).
The Gardner Act is named after beloved North Carolina teacher Scott Gardner, who was on the way to the beach with his wife Tina and their three young children in 2005, when they were struck by Ramiro Gallegos – an illegal alien from Mexico. Scott was killed, and Tina was critically injured and remains in a vegetative state to this day. Although the 3 kids were not seriously injured, they were effectively orphaned by Gallegos’ actions. And it didn’t have to happen – but this time it was local law enforcement who blew it. Gallegos had been three times convicted of drunk driving, yet neither officers or the judge reported him to immigration authorities, and the judge suspended a 2-year sentence to 30 days. The Gardner Act would mandate local authorities notify ICE and that the illegal be immediately deported.
Everyone from the Democrat leadership to La Raza to immigration attorneys are fighting this bill tooth and nail. Stand With Arizona is calling on all its activists to saddle up and fight to pass the Gardner Act NOW.
|PLEASE TAKE THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS IMMEDIATELY:
(1) Call Your Representative Now: Find your elected officials HERE
(2) Contact Reps. By E-Mail message: Direct contact your House Rep. HERE
(4) Contact Each Republican Presidential Candidate
UPDATE: Thank you Michelle Malkin, for mentioning this page on Twitter! Now let’s contact our Reps and get this done, for sister Denise, Scott and Tina, and all the other needless victims of illegal alien criminals.