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DUI Illegal Immigrant Offenders Won’t Get Deported

DUI Illegal Immigrant Offenders Won’t Get Deported

APRIL 17, 2008

A law to deport illegal immigrants who commit drunken driving offenses was defeated by Democratic lawmakers in a state where dozens of innocent Americans have been killed or critically injured recently by illegal aliens driving under the influence.

The bill was introduced in the California Assembly after a drunken illegal immigrant struck a mother of four (Sara Cole) as she loaded her sons’ bikes into the family car. The severe blow crushed the northern California woman’s legs, leaving her partially paralyzed. The illegal immigrant driver (Lucio Rodriguez) had a previous drunken driving conviction, a suspended license and a blood alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit.

Multiple illegal alien offenders like Rodriguez will remain protected from automatic deportation in California thanks to Democratic lawmakers, who joined forces this week to defeat the bill known as Sara’s Law. The two legislators who voted for the much-needed ordinance in the state Assembly’s public safety committee were Republicans with the majority Democrats voting against it.

The legislation would have required local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement when a person who gets arrested for driving under the influence causes bodily injury or property damage of more than $600 and cannot provide valid documentation of their legal status.

Attached to the proposed bill are dozens of tragic cases in which drunken illegal immigrants—many repeat offenders—murdered or critically injured innocent Americans throughout the country, including children, teenagers, young fathers and mothers. Examples include an intoxicated alien who ran a stop sign and killed a 14-year-old girl and her 4-year-old cousin, another who ran over a 31-year-old father of three while riding a bicycle on Sunday morning, a man who killed a 21-year-old woman by slamming his vehicle into the back of her sports car and a teenager seriously injured by an illegal immigrant who fled the scene but was later arrested for a separate offense.


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