Illegal Immigrant Released By Federal Authorities Kills Nun
Illegal immigrant, Carlos Montano, who had been arrested on two prior occasions for DUI, was arrested a third time for DUI in connection with a car crash that killed a nun and left two other nuns in critical condition. The incident occurred early Sunday morning in Prince William County, Virginia. The charges against Montano are involuntary manslaughter and drunken driving.
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Montano, 23, from Bolivia, who was awaiting deportation, was released by federal immigration authorities on his own recognizance prior to his third DUI arrest pending further proceedings. In addition to Montano's previous DUI arrests he has also been cited for numerous motor-vehicle violations even though his driver's license has been revoked. On at least one occasion, consequent to Montano's prior arrests, Virginia police reported him to federal immigration authorities.
Prince William County police spokesman, Jonathan Perok said on Monday,"We have determined that he [Montano] is in the country illegally. He has been arrested by Prince William County Police in the past . . . . At the time of this incident, the accident yesterday, he was in the deportation process and was out on his recognizance for court proceedings."
The Washington Times reported on Monday that, ". . . latest ICE [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement] statistics show that the agency has stepped up deportations of criminals, but has slowed deportation of other illegal immigrants. The agency also is holding fewer illegal immigrants at any one time than it did last year, according to the statistics."
Rep. Harold Rogers of Kentucky, the ranking Republican on the House Appropriations homeland security subcommittee, said about the Montano incident:
"A life could have been saved had ICE just simply done their job to begin with." Rogers went on to say that, "By implementing selective amnesty one case at a time, the U.S. government is literally putting lives at risk . . . "I have been saying for months now that this administration's new policy of concentrating almost solely on 'criminal aliens,' and not enforcing the laws by deporting known illegal aliens, would have devastating consequences. Now, we see the tragic results this 'virtual amnesty' policy of the Obama administration has caused."
Throughout the years, there have been a number of DUI incidents involving illegal immigrants which have resulted in death. Virtually all of those incidents involved repeat offenders who for one reason or the other were released from federal custody under their own recognizance and allowed to stay in the U.S. in spite of their illegal alien status.
Estimates are that 10 to 12 million illegal immigrants reside in the U.S., but ICE only holds about 30,000 illegal immigrants in custody on an average day. Proponents of tougher illegal immigration control have repeatedly requested additional funding in order to keep illegals who are awaiting deportation off the streets. Thus far, however, the president and Congress have ignored those requests.