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Twice Convicted Illegal Alien Had Fed Work Permit

Twice Convicted Illegal Alien Had Fed Work Permit

Judicial Watch


The drunken illegal immigrant who killed a nun in Virginia last month was not only released by federal authorities after previous arrests, he was issued a special Homeland Security work permit after two criminal convictions.

Just when you thought that government negligence had plateaued in the tragic incident, several news reports reveal that it gets worst. It turns out that the illegal alien from Bolivia (Carlos Montano) somehow obtained a special federal work permit—issued by the Department of Homeland Security—while he was awaiting deportation for previous offenses.

Montano already had two drunken driving convictions yet federal authorities released him on his own recognizance while he awaited a removal hearing. In the interim the illegal alien, intoxicated and with an expired license, swerved over a median in Prince William County and slammed into a vehicle carrying three Catholic nuns. One died and two were critically injured.

Montano’s federal employment authorization card, known as an I-766 permit, was discovered only because Virginia authorities revealed that he used it to obtain a state identification card. Because of the Montano case, Virginia no longer accepts the federal card as proof of legal presence for those seeking state IDs or licenses from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Incredibly, the government regularly issues work permits to illegal immigrants who are scheduled to be deported for criminal conduct. In a letter to the Department of Homeland Security, Prince William County’s police chief diplomatically requests that the “glaring gap in DHS policy” be “reconsidered” and “corrected.”


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