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  • The Human Cost of Not Enforcing Immigration Law

    Yesterday we wrote about the real consequences of the failure of the federal government to enforce our immigration laws by referring to the two teenagers in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Allison Kunhardt and Tessa Tranchant, who were killed by a drunken illegal alien in 2007. The culprit had been previously arrested and convicted for public drunkenness and DUI. If his immigration status had been checked and he had been deported after the first arrest, those two girls would likely be alive today.

    Sadly, we already have another example in Virginia of the consequences of this kind of neglectful enforcement of our immigration laws. Over the weekend, an illegal alien suspected of drunken driving killed a Catholic nun and seriously injured two others when he crossed the center line and struck the nuns’ car head on in Prince William County. What is so infuriating about this tragedy is it need never have occurred – the illegal alien charged with vehicular manslaughter had a long history of driving convictions, including two DUIs. Not only that, but local police had contacted federal immigration authorities about him last year when they discovered he was an illegal alien.

    Yet what did the Feds do? They released him on his own recognizance while his deportation proceeding was pending! This despite his prior convictions and the fact that the Department of Homeland Security is well aware that hundreds of thousands of aliens in deportation proceedings who are allowed to remain free (instead of in jail) based on their “promise” to appear in court never show up – they simply disappear into the vast heartland of our country. This is a problem that has crossed administrations: from 1996 to 2008, 736,000 out of 1.8 million aliens never showed up for their hearings. And according to The Washington Times, the latest statistics from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency show that the Feds are “actually detaining fewer people now on an average daily basis than they did in 2009.”

    One thing is certain in this terrible tragedy that occurred in Virginia on Sunday – the immigration judge at the Department of Justice in charge of this deportation proceeding and the customs officials who allowed this twice-convicted DUI offender to roam at will in Virginia instead of holding him in prison for deportation bear a large measure of responsibility for the death of Sister Denise Mosier and the injuries to Sisters Charlotte Lange and Connie Ruth Lupton. And every day that the Obama administration tries to prevent states from arresting immigration violators and the Justice Department and Homeland Security refuse to deport illegal aliens or take the other steps necessary to enforce our immigration laws is another day where the safety and lives of Americans are needlessly endangered.

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    11 Responses to The Human Cost of Not Enforcing Immigration Law

    1. Sebastian Galletta S says:

      One should not be surprised what is happening to our country. This is the outcome

      of our political correctness and our be not judgmental culture.

      I predict it will get much worse before we as a nation wake up.

    2. InDC, DC says:

      I think we all know that illegal immigrants are not the only ones who drive drunk and are let off the hook. All you have to do is pick up a People magazine in the grocery store. This may be a shocker to you, but guess what? AMERICAN'S DRUNK DRIVE AND KILL PEOPLE TOO. It's sad this happened. It never should have occured and anyone caught drunk driving once should be held accountable and also be punished. I don't agree they should have let him go because he was obviously a menace to society but I would say the same thing if this guy was an fifth generation American.

    3. Bobbie says:

      And what does this say about every person (illegal) that disrespects the law of immigration? If they choose, THEY GET AWAY WITH MURDER!

      There was a terrible accident where a vehicle hits a school bus at a highway intersection. Both had clear view of each other. The vehicle had the stop but chose not to. Killed 6 young children. The driver, illegal, although pinned in by the steering wheel, insisted her boyfriend was driving. It was absolutely disgraceful. She only had remorse for herself. The government is devaluing human life across America.

    4. Peachtree City, GA says:

      The human cost is much more than the examples you provide. I find it interesting that the "talking heads" (Fox included) and even the Governor of AZ, fail to explain to the viewers the cost to taxpayers in terms of health care, welfare payments, tuition assistance, crime, drug running, human smuggling, anchor babies and last but not least, damage to the environment at crossing points.

    5. Billie says:

      Good one Peachree. This is one area of many Heritage has addressed regarding illegal immigration. ALL are intolerable and honorable, rational, practical, dignified people wouldn't consider amnesty.

      In our state, a city proposed English only. It passed. An immigrant woman screamed to say it was divisive. What's divisive and always unconstitutional are the accommodations of multiple languages at taxpayers expense. What's divisive and always unconstitutional is recognition of Foreign cultures in America, at tax payers expense. What's divisive and always unconstitutional, is recognition of individual nationalities, creeds and cultures by government who obligates the tax payers money.

    6. Carol,AZ says:


      VA, is just one example of this tragic example of the endless catch and release scenario that goes-on endlessly all over America.

      Why , the failure for the, Federal Gov't (ICE ) to deport ?

      The endless excuses;

      " they don't have enough ICE agents."

      or they don't have enough holding facilities,"

      But then you may remember recently,that little MEMO from the White House on amnesty.

      The one that no one took ownership for, or authorship for disclosure.

      UMMMM, sounds like another spin zone America alone with the agency , Homeland Security 's and Janet Napoltano total duplicity, along with our Justice Dept, Eric Holder.

      all who march in step with POTUS.

      If you haven't learned anything else form the State of AZ's experiecne where you are, think again.

      We have been fighting this same battle for rmonths

      We havebeen targeted as rabid profiliers because we will enforce the laws against illegal immigration.

      We have at least 400,000 illegals living in just metro , PHX .

      My question,for you there, "What are doing about it in your State? Are you afraid of the Federal Gov't ?

      We say NO!

    7. Ray Tranchant Virgin says:

      "Forgiving like a Nun and the Broken Immigration System"


      MY 16-year-old daughter, Tessa, was killed by an illegal immigrant in Virginia Beach three years ago while sitting at a stop light. Her friend Ali Kunhardt, 17, also perished instantly. Beautiful girls with tons of future plans, they had just stopped at a convenience store for a pack of gum at 10 on a Friday night. I can imagine that they were giggling about something as they waited for the red light to turn green. Tessa was in the passenger seat. I’ll never forget her laugh.

      The explosion was so loud that witnesses said it sounded like a bomb going off, hit from behind by a black Mitsubishi going more than 70 mph. They were tiny, skinny little girls stuffed somewhere in the floorboards when the police and EMT crew arrived.

      When I got to the hospital in what seemed like a dream sequence, Tessa’s bed was lying next to Ali’s, separated by a privacy curtain. Both girls were perfectly still, skin cold to the touch.

      Tess was covered with a hospital blanket, and her clothes lay in a bag by her bedside, cut off by the EMT and the ER doctor who tried to revive her, to no avail. I looked at her large brown eyes, pupils dilated, eyes wide open, staring at the ceiling. She still had a mask taped to her mouth with a long rubber tube. The center of the tube was filled with bright red blood. Amazingly, she had only a little bruise on her forehead, and her big toe was bleeding. I noticed that she had had a couple of her nails done with glitter, probably had just enough money to do two. She worked at the Golden Corral; Ali worked at The Fresh Market.

      I hadn’t seen Tessa in a few days, and I had to laugh at her forearm. Hard to believe you can laugh with such horror around you, but I did. She had previously told me that she suffered from the “Tranchant curse” — dark hair on her skinny little perfect arms — and apparently she had shaved it all off (her way of getting even, I guess).

      Alfredo Ramos, a previous DUI offender and alcoholic, seemed invisible in a system that was good at looking the other way. Virginia Beach and Chesapeake were being accused of the term “sanctuary city” as Bill O’Reilly and Geraldo Rivera screamed at each other during the national news hour. O’Reilly was right. Yesterday, the Director of Homeland Security said she would get to the bottom of why the Illegals are not deported when they are repeat offenders.

      Ms. Napolitano, where was ICE in 2007 when these girls died? I know what sanctuary means more than most ever will.

      Ramos was actually smug at the trial and took his lumps: 40 years in prison. There was nothing I could do but forgive him; forgiveness cleanses the soul. He was an uneducated foreigner patronized by local merchants who needed cheap labor. Hundreds of thousands of Illegals in Virginia do the same. We don’t share a border with Mexico, so the awareness here isn’t as great as Arizona or California.

      But the dilemma in Arizona is more important to Virginians than it seems. On Monday, Sister Denise Mosier was killed in Prince William County. An illegal immigrant from Bolivia with two previous drunken-driving convictions is charged with killing her and critically injuring two other nuns while driving drunk.

      As with me, her friends say they have forgiven him and hold no grudges.

      We know it’s not the people but the system that fails Americans again and again. There have been hundreds of similar stories in America since Tess and Ali died.

      Rep. Luis Gutierrez from Illinois reminded me personally in a Congressional hearing that the solution lies with a comprehensive plan that includes amnesty. After all, he said, “they pick your grapes, clean your hotels and are then victimized.”

      Luis should worry about protecting US Hispanics and not counting on perspective Hispanic votes.

      But waving a magic wand over 14 million people will not solve this immigration problem. It worries me that we would even consider giving foreigners legal rights to Social Security, health care and school in a time of 14 trillion dollar deficits.

      Consider that when 14 million get citizenship, 10 million of their relatives will migrate legally. Of course citizenship will make them pay into the system, but the amount won’t be realized for many years. I don’t believe the current system can process this many people and verify that some are not criminals or terrorists, let alone pay benefits to new Americans.

      My advice: While securing the borders, America must somehow identify everyone, Americans and Illegals, using a certifiable national system and without violating constitutional rights.

      We do this every day with passports, fingerprints and national crime databases. Somehow, they all need to be part of a credible interrelational database so criminals can be deported or incarcerated (the first step toward a solution) and law-abiding citizens can be protected anywhere in America. Otherwise, people will not be punished or held accountable, and more mistakes, more deaths and injuries will occur.

      On my trip home from visiting Rome, my passport was touched by nine officials, some carrying Uzis. I was not offended; it was the price I had to pay to see the Ancient City.

      And I don’t feel violated when an official checks my driver’s license or passport here. It sure beats the funeral procession that I was a part of.

      My great grandfather immigrated from France in 1920. He later went back home. He’d had enough. Poor working conditions in the coal mines here, everyone made him speak English for safety reasons, his son and wife died, etc.

      His only remaining son stayed and thought it was worth the effort. After working hard, that son — my grandfather, Romain Pierre — became a legal citizen.

      I can still remember the old Frenchman’s laugh. He thought citizenship was worth the trouble.

      I’m glad he did!

      Ray Tranchant is a teacher at Cambridge College, Bryant and Stratton College, and an administrator with Tidewater Community College. He lives in Virginia Beach.

    8. Ray Tranchant says:

      BTW all of the people that say all DUI's are the same in America…It's about Illegal Alien Drunks that kill Americans in the comparison. They are more preventable, because the Illegal can be home killing their own kind. I'm not defending DUIs but do you read about the deaths caused by Mexicans in Mexico City. Of course not, why would we worry about that here in America? We have enough social problems without worring about Drunk Illegals who shouldn't be here in the first place. Different perspective isn't it!

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    10. connie, Ohio says:

      I keep asking my husband, "what has happened to common sense"de? There should be no discussion on the issue of immigration. Just send them back to their home. If that means a family who has been here 30 years, it does not matter. They broke the law. No doubt, Obama is not the first President to ignore this huge problem. We would not have millions of illegals if this had not been going on for years. However, Obama may be out first President who may also be one himself. Why can't we have all of the truth? I am so tired of both sides picking our pockets clean. And now we have a President who has no regard for whom he is suppose to protect. He has to be the most arrogant and out of touch person I have ever encountered. Everyone who voted for this man should be out working against him getting reelected.

    11. Leon Lundquist, Dura says:

      Let's call the Federal Revolving Door exactly what it is: A Crime! The actual name of the crime is Refraining Prosecution. You wonder why they are so hard on American Citizens? It is against the law to Refrain, so the fact is Obama and his Administration are in collusion with these criminals from South of the Border. That's a fact. The reason they get away with it is Clinton fired (purged) Conservatives in the Justice Dept. Eric Holder is a well known Criminal, just like his boss. Take this fact all the way to Arizona. Not only is Obama Refraining, he is attacking Law Enforcement for fulfilling their Oaths Of Office to Prosecute. It has become Unconstitutional Federal Policy to Refrain Prosecution. Obama has the blood of thousands on his hands for this fact alone.

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