After spending more time in the state, I understood what they were talking about since successive Democrat administrations in Raleigh had made North Carolina a haven for illegal aliens who could get a driver's license by merely breathing. Can't speak English? No problem, just bring a pal to "interpret" for you when you take your driver test. (The illegals also get to vote too due to motor voter laws, but I digress.)
Anyhow, the latest bizarre accident is the hit-and-run death of Lewis Avery Gray, 71, who was taking his early morning constitutional walk and unfortunately crossed a road where the illegals were driving, which is all roads, of course.
Police charged Carlos David Rodriguez-Bautista, 34, with felony hit-and-run and Carlos Humberto Agustindiaz with misdemeanor hit-and-run in Gray's death. Investigators say that Rodriguez-Bautista was driving the first vehicle to strike Gray.
The drivers of the two other vehicles that hit Gray stayed at the scene and will not be charged, police said.
Rodriguez-Bautista is an illegal alien with a typically checkered history:
A nice touch on Agustindiaz was that he was turned in by the landscape service after they noticed blood all over the truck. No word (yet) on whether he is a guest in our country.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency placed a detainer on Rodriguez-Bautista. Officials believe the Honduran native might be in the country illegally.
Wake District Judge Ned Mangum increased Rodriguez-Bautista's bail from $8,000 to $25,000 after he found the suspect has been three pending charges of failure to show up for court in Onslow and Alamance counties.
Mangum said that the suspect was also charged with driving while impaired in Raleigh in 2006, but the judge did not the disposition of that case. (sic)
...Officers arrested Rodriguez-Bautista after identifying him as the driver of a 2003 Chevrolet passenger van that had heavy front-end damage consistent with having struck a person. Officer M.J. Corso spotted the van while on patrol in the 7200 block of Woodbend Drive shortly before midnight Thursday.
Investigators said they think Rodriguez-Bautista stopped and got out of the van after he hit Gray, then drove away from the scene.
Police also charged Carlos Humberto Agustindiaz, who was driving a truck for Apex-based Parker’s Landscape Services, with misdemeanor hit-and-run in the case.
I don't know about you, but I think it is really great that not only do illegal aliens take jobs from citizens, get government backed mortgages which they don't pay off, and flood the schools and emergency rooms, but they also wantonly run over real citizens. Someone of the Donk persuasion clearly needs to explain the benefits to me again.
Anyhow, that brings me back to the support your local sheriff theme. The Sheriff of Wake County, North Carolina which includes Raleigh is also taking flak from the illegal alien pimps, just like Joe Arpaio:
A congressional report released this month criticizes the way local and state police agencies enforce immigration laws, saying the program is not being used correctly and could lead to officers misusing their authority.Some whiner from the local illegal prostitution promotion club whines about some illegal being caught for fishing without a license - not a big enough crime in his august opinion. Harrison disagrees:
But Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison says he believes 287(g) – the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's program that gives local law agencies access to federal immigration databases so they can identify illegal immigrants they have arrested – is doing exactly what it was intended to do.
Since last July, when it was introduced in Wake County, more than 1,400 people have been identified as illegal, Harrison said.
In a report last week, however, the U.S. Government Accountability Office found immigration officials did not clearly explain to officers how to use their arrest authority under the program, nor did they tell local officers that the program is meant for the pursuit of serious offenders.
"That's their opinion. In my opinion, here in Wake County, it's doing exactly what it's intended to do," he said. "And that's take criminals off the streets."Please - $40 million is pocket change to this Congress and if we had had this program earlier, more real citizens like Lewis Gray might still be alive and the rest of us would save much more than $40 million.
Harrison says the sheriff's office does not target Hispanics, but that if they are arrested, their immigration status will be checked.
"When we catch someone, if we think they need to come to the jail, that's where they come. So why should I look at it any differently?" Harrison said. "That's the way we do business. That's the way we protect and serve the citizens. I'm extremely happy with the way the program is running right now."
The congressional report says the big question is whether the results are worth the $40 million required to fund the project.
Of course, the Democrat party as the official sponsor of illegal aliens might get fewer votes. Do you think that may have something to do why our borders are a sieve?