Many of us are shocked and outraged this evening that an elderly nun who devoted her life to helping victims of domestic abuse could have been killed by a habitual criminal illegal alien. Many are struggling to figure out how this could have happened, as such a tragedy doesn’t make sense. Aren’t we the jurisdiction that supposedly deals with the problem of illegal immigration better than any other in Virginia? Aren’t we deporting illegal aliens at a clip that exceeds every other jurisdiction in the state — combined?
The answers, as distressing as they are, are pretty easy, and demonstrate how only strong cooperation between federal, state and local officials can effectively put a stop to this troubling problem.
Long before Carlos Abraham Martinelly Montano plowed his car headlong into another carrying three nuns to church this past Sunday morning, he had an extensive record of interactions with local law enforcement and our judicial system. Because both the Bush and Obama administrations decided to “prioritize” efforts by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, there’s a threshold that illegal aliens have to really aspire to in order to have federal authorities escort them across the border. Our dysfunctional judicial system helps to make aspirations to achieve recognized big-time criminal status even harder to obtain by letting cases fall through the cracks, making it ever more difficult for career criminals and drunkards to attract attention until they earn the big prize of killing an innocent person, which gives everyone an opportunity to appear shocked and confused that an illegal alien casually snuffed out the life of a person like Sister Marie Mosier.
This illegal alien first seemed to come on Prince William County Police’s radar in January 5th, 2007 when he was cited for driving too fast for conditions, which was plead down to “improper driving”, when he was fined $50, charged $57 in court costs, and no one ever bothered to determine whether he was an illegal alien or in posession of an invalid driver’s license because Chief Deane’s general order providing sanctuary for misdemeanant illegal aliens was still in effect. He wasn’t checked, and just breezed through the system.
Just a little while later, on January 26th, Mr. Martinelly Montano was picked up for driving 62 in a 45 MPH zone. He doesn’t appear in court, and is let go with an $85 fine, $77 in court costs. At this traffic stop, Mr. Martinelly somehow transitions from “White Caucasian(Non-Hispanic)” in the previous case to “Hispanic” which I’ve been told over and over by police officials isn’t a race and isn’t recorded as one on county documents. Oh, well, it’s just statistics (that get reported and form the evidentiary basis for policy decisions), right?
On July 9th, this fine gentleman (now recorded as a “White Caucasian(Non-Hispanic)) gets popped for DWI and his license is suspended for 12 months, he is sentenced to pay a fine of $250, court costs of $182, and serve 30 days in jail of which 30 days (surprise!) are suspended. He is turned over to ICE because at this point the county is participating n the Section 287(g) Program much to the ire of Mexicans Without Borders. ICE processes the guy for deportation and releases him on his own recognizance to deport himself, presumably with some threatened penalty that if he fails to do so, ICE isn’t going to be so nice to him the next time.
The fascinating thing here is that this guy is proven to be an illegal alien who cannot under Virginia law enacted in 2005 qualify for a license, but instead of revoking his license, it is merely suspended for 12 months. The judge in this case (Case number GT07040894-00 in case anyone can track down who this judge was, which isn’t recorded in the Virginia Court Case Information System) utterly fails to catch this problem and essentially sets this criminal up for a repeat which will eventually end up causing the slaughter of a nun who helps domestic abuse victims recover from their ordeal.
On December 10th of 2007, this wonderful contribution to our national diversity is arrested for being intoxicated in public and is now considered “Hispanic”. Instead of going directly back to ICE for the deportation that he has quite obviously evaded, he actually appeals his conviction to circuit court on January 11th 2008 which affirms the lower court’s ruling after a trial held on March 6th, 2008. What his sentence was for that isn’t recorded, but obviously he doesn’t draw much of a penalty for his unlawful behavior.
Three days before this trial, on March 3rd, Carlos is arrested for driving without a license, and recorded as “White Caucasian (Non-Hispanic)”. The case is continued until May 15th at which time no, he is not turned over to ICE for deportation, but he is set free with a “Nolle Prosequi,” which means the Commonwealth just didn’t bother to prosecute the case. Great job there, Paul Ebert, Mr. Prince William County Commonwealth’s Attorney for not bothering to enforce the suspension of a drivers license for an illegal alien who wasn’t legally allowed to possess one in the first place. One has to wonder at this point how an illegal alien under a deportation order with a criminal record managed to get “nolle prossed”instead of being put on a bus and sent back to wherever he came from after breaking our laws for the fifth time.
Of course career criminals like this don’t just retire, they move on to better things. In April 2009 Carlos gets arrested yet again for DWI, and this time he’s sentenced to one year in prison and placed on an ICE detainer. Eleven months and thirteen days of that sentence are suspended, and after that lengthy stay of seventeen days in jail Carlos is turned over to ICE for deportation. Again.
ICE lets the guy go. He’s a “lower level offender,” not a priority for ICE, and left to deport himself with approximately half a million other criminal aliens who have absconded either before their deportation hearings or afterwards failed to depart the country. This is what the Obama Administration means by “prioritizing” deportations: let’s allow the criminal alien element to graduate to the really big crimes when we can’t ignore them any longer before we bother to deport them. The justice system again abets what will become the slaughter of a nun.
So on this past Sunday morning, August 1st, at about 8AM three nuns are driving to church on Bristow Road. Carlos, driving in the other direction was so blitzed that he hit a guard rail, careened across the road, hit the opposite jersey wall, and then ran head-first into a car full of nuns of the Benedictine Order that operate Transitional BARN in Manassas. One of the nuns dies on the scene. Police charged Carlos with involuntary manslaughter, driving on a revoked license, and driving while intoxicated, and now he is turned over to the same justice system that set him free with just about no consequence at all the last six times they had this guy in their custody.
This tragedy was entirely preventable, and the mistakes by the federal government, the courts, and the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office are what made this slaughter of a nun at the hands of an illegal alien possible. The system to deal with this problem remains broken at all levels (although locally some important improvements have been made), and the result is that innocent lives are lost or ruined as a result.
This isn’t an isolated case, and it’s only remarkable in that not many illegal aliens have managed to slaughter Benedictine Sisters on their way to Church on Sunday mornings. This travesty of how we deal with illegal aliens happens all the time. We almost never see an illegal alien killing innocent people as their entre into a life of crime — it always starts with minor offenses and builds to the horrific. The only way this is ever going to be fixed is when we, the American people, demand our state and federal governments to do their job and hold people like Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert and the judges in these cases to account for the horrific decisions they have made.
That time is now.
UPDATE: WTOP has more:
WTOP reached out in ICE for answers to Stewart’s questioning. ICE spokeswoman Cori Bassett responded in a statement:
“Carlos Abraham Martinelly Montano is currently in immigration removal proceedings. ICE first encountered Montano in October 2008 when he was released to ICE following a local arrest for a DUI charge. ICE immediately placed Montano into removal proceedings by issuing him a notice to appear in immigration court. He was released on his own recognizance and has reported as required, on a monthly basis to ICE.”
Sources also tell WTOP that Montano did not meet ICE’s minimum threshold for mandatory detention and deportation. An illegal immigrant must be convicted of a violent felony to fall into this threshold. Numerous DUI convictions do not qualify as a violent felony.
Yeah, wait for an illegal alien to graduate from obtaining a drivers license fraudulently, be drunk in public, violate various traffic laws, drive on a suspended license, improperly register a vehicle, and drive while intoxicated before we even pay attention, at which point we will release him and ask him to report on a monthly basis.
I’m sure the Benedictine Sisters will be greatly consoled by ICE’s strong demonstrated commitment to public safety.
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