Senate Judicary ranking Republican Lamar Smith (R- Texas) wants the Department of Homeland Security to start tracking the illegal immigrants who are convicted of drunk driving. He then wants to deport every last one of them, according to the Washington Times.
Current law doesn’t require DUI suspects to be detained, thanks to a 2004 Supreme Court interpretation, but Mr. Smith said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement can detain illegal immigrants in such cases anyway, and he wants that to become the policy.
“Doing so will prevent these aliens from again getting behind the wheel of a car and killing or maiming innocent Americans,” he said in his letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Times. “Sadly, such a new policy would come too late for Sister Mosier. However, many other lives can be saved.”
Matt Chandler, a spokesman for Ms. Napolitano, said Homeland Security would not respond to Mr. Smith through the press, though he said the department is conducting a review into why Mr. Montano was not detained in 2008.
Too bad all the drunk drivers can’t be deported, regardless of country of origin. This story is still raging on in the Richmond Times Dispatch also. Unfortunately, that newspaper made what many people might consider a very bad mistake. The Richmond Times Dispatch printed the names of Carlos Martinelly’s children in a story that was printed on August 8:
Authorities believe he is a 23-year-old native of Bolivia. He is the father of two children, a girl named XXXXX, 2, and a son named XXXXXXX 1. He also is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death a week ago of Sister Denise Mosier. [Names redacted by editor.]
There is simply no point in printing the names of those children who are ages 1 and 2. Shame on the Richmond Times Dispatch and shame on the reporter. I am disappointed in the ‘state newspaper.’
We will have to wait to see what happens with Senator Smith’s request as far as policy change goes. There are still many unanswered questions as to why Martinelly wasn’t in jail and what other crimes he had committed. Meanwhile, Smith says, “No more for the road,”