When a tragedy like a fatal car crash hits close to home, you don’t expect it to turn into an intensely heated debate on illegal aliens.
I couldn’t believe my ears as the news announcer said that a drunk driver in Prince William County, Virginia had crashed into a car with three nuns, one of whom I had just seen at Mass a few days before. She is in the hospital in critical condition.
After prior convictions for DUI’s, Carlos Montano was turned over to the Department of Homeland Security and released in 2008 pending deportation. He has been on the streets ever since. Now more details have emerged about federal agencies allowing this man to be a menace to society.
Yet, Sr. Glenna Smith, spokeswoman for the Benedictine Sisters released the following statement:
“The Benedictine Sisters are dismayed and saddened that this tragedy had been politicized and become an apparent forum for the illegal immigrations agenda,” Smith said.
The sister by her statement on social justice has caused the politicization of the tragedy. Instead of averring the truth of the matter, that driving drunk and living in the U.S. without proper documentation are both illegal, the nun used the language of the Left.
It looks like the Benedictine Sisters want to sweep Montano’s immigration status under the rug. There’s no question that Montano is “a child of God” and deserving of “forgiveness and mercy,” but that in no way alters the rule of law in the United States. Montano’s illegal status is as much a felony as driving under the influence, and killing an innocent nun.
Prince William has one of the country’s toughest anti-illegal immigration policies. The man that helped implement those statutes, Corey Stewart, Board of Supervisors Chairman told reporters:
“We handed him over to the feds assuming he would be deported, but instead federal authorities released him back into the neighborhood and he killed a nun,” Stewart said. “We feel like we are beating our heads against the wall.”
Delegate Bob Marshall of Prince William who recently requested clarification from Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli on state immigration policy also weighed in on the tragedy:
ICE just let him off the hook. We captured him, put detainers on him. ICE did nothing with him.
Now that the law enforcers in Prince William County have told the truth about the federal lack of oversight, and their unwillingness to deport illegal aliens, the Left doesn’t like it. The personal is political to the Left, but only when it suits them.
The good Sisters should be heartened by the officials in Prince William, and their desire to call attention to the lax enforcement of very serious federal laws concerning criminal acts committed by illegal aliens. Don’t they want to prevent this from happening again?