On Friday, Santos Gabriel-Tomas, 30, pleaded guilty to aggravated DUI manslaughter, DUI second offense and driving without an operator’s license in Mecklenburg County Circuit Court.
Around 2:18 a.m. on April 7, Gabriel-Tomas crashed into a 1999 Ford Escort being driven by Maxey Ann Lynch, 61, as she was just starting her morning newspaper deliveries.
The Guatemalan national was driving in the wrong direction on U.S. 58 and had a blood-alcohol content of 0.19 percent (more than twice the state's legal limit).
Lynch was later pronounced dead at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported:
[Gabriel-Tomas] was convicted in March 2012 of driving under the influence of alcohol in neighboring Lunenburg County. He had never acquired a license to drive, but a judge in the earlier case revoked his privileges to obtain a license for 12 months as part of his punishment, Mecklenburg County Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Allen Nash said.
Of course, the Obama administration does not deport illegal aliens for driving under the influence, until they have acquired at least three offenses.
Furthermore, in April 2012, the New York Times reported that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, under Obama would no longer issue detainers on illegal aliens who had only been charged with traffic violations.
The Times article read:
Under the refinement, when illegal immigrants are arrested solely for traffic offenses and do not have a prior criminal record, federal agents will only consider placing a hold — known as a detainer — after they are convicted.
“ICE agrees that enforcement action based solely on a charge for a minor traffic offense is generally not an efficient use of government resources,” the department response says.
In practice, most traffic violators are released well before they are convicted, and now immigrants stopped by traffic police will not remain in custody to be picked up by federal agents.
So, there you have it, another American has been killed as a direct result of President Obama's disregard for our immigration laws.
How many more citizens have to die before we have a federal government willing to simply enforce the laws we now have on the books?
It is not our immigration system that is 'broken,' but the spines of our politicians...