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Congressman Wants Illegal Immigrants Deported for DUI in Arizona


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2/12/2009
Mindy
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Congressman Jeff Flakes, R-Arizona, is planning to introduce a bill that would require an illegal immigrant who has been convicted for a third drunken driving offense in Arizona to be deported.

“I keep hearing again and again that illegal immigrants with several drunken driving convictions are still here and still on the road,” Flak said when he announced that he will sponsor the proposed bill.  “In many cases, people have been killed or severely injured, and it’s simply not right.”

According to Flake, high profile cases have brought more attention to the problem of illegal immigrants with multiple DUI offenses in Arizona.  One of the high profile cases included the death of Phoenix Police Officer Shane Figueroa last fall who was killed in a car accident caused by an illegal immigrant who was driving drunk.  Figueroa was responding to a call when a truck turned in front of his patrol car.  The impact of the collision spun Figueroa’s patrol car and he crashed into a block wall. He was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

Flake said that people are understandably upset that there isn’t a simpler way to deport illegal immigrant who have multiple DUI offenses.

“Right now, a drunken driving offense has no immigration consequences in and of itself. So this legislation would say, ‘If you have three drunken driving incidents, then you’re out.  It’s a deportable offense,’” said Flake.

Flake hopes that his proposed bill will lead to a similar federal law, where “three strikes and you’re out – out of the country.”



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