Thursday, March 27, 2008

Undocumented Aliens, Real Crimes 3/23

Cross posted from The Virtuous Republic

An illegal immigrant, who had twice before been arrested for DUI, was recently sentenced for driving the wrong way and seriously injuring two occupants of a car that he crashed into. Illegal immigration is not a victimless crime.

Funny how local law enforcement can spend their resources to run radar, but they can’t be bothered to check the immigration status of those they arrest. I guess there isn’t any money in that….

Mario Roberto Diaz-Mourillo racked up a four-year prison term for driving the wrong way on a Great Smoky Mountains National Park roadway known as the Spur and crashing head-on into a car full of Florida tourists, leaving two of them with permanent injuries.

But Diaz-Mourillo’s case was as much about illegal immigration, lax enforcement and willful blindness to it as it was about the May 30 crash.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ed Schmutzer pointed out that Diaz-Mourillo twice ran afoul of the law and even served jail time. But his illegal status was either ignored or undetected.

His first brush with East Tennessee law enforcement came in February 2004 when he was convicted in Washington County of charges including driving under the influence, assaulting a police officer and weapons possession.

His second conviction for DUI came in Knox County just 10 days before the head-on crash on the national park roadway. Diaz-Mourillo fled after the crash, so authorities could not prove whether he had been drinking. National Park Service Agent Jeff Carlisle was credited by Schmutzer with tracking down Diaz-Mourillo despite his use of false identification. Read more….

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email brianbonner90-at-gmail-dot-com and let us know at what level you would like to participate.



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