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June 14, 2013 - 7:55 am

Mickey Kaus hears from a reliable source that Democrats are choosing a curious hill to die on to defend the current language in the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill.

I’m told, by a reliable and well-placed source, that a good deal of the Democratic opposition to John Cornyn’s proposed amendment to the Gang of 8 bill has nothing to do with border security. It has to do with DUIs. Specifically, Cornyn’s amendment would bar illegal immigrants with misdemeanor DUI convictions from  ”probationary” legal status, which is the immediate legalization offered by Marco Rubio, et al, to most of the 11 million undocumented immigrants now living in the U.S.. For the pro-amnesty side, the exclusion of DUI offenders is apparently a deal-killer. There must be a lot of them!

Well, the fact is, there are. That noted xenophobic right-wing rag National Public Radio reported on Hispanic drunk driving back in 2006 — coincidentally, the last time “comprehensive immigration reform” was slithering toward the limelight.

The influx of Hispanic immigrants to some parts of the U.S. has led to a problem on the highways. In many states, Hispanics account for a disproportionate number of drunk driving deaths. In North Carolina where the Latino population has grown by more than a third in this decade, alcohol-related crashes have become a leading killer of Latinos. And as NPR’s Adam Hochberg reports, community groups are trying to reverse that trend.

Mr. KEITH PATTERSON (Police Officer, Durham, North Carolina): If someone is walking around in a restaurant or walking in a bar, you definitely want to be observant and notice the way they walk, making sure they’re not swaying or swaggering, or stumbling and bumping into things.

Hey, that sounds like profiling!

Nationwide, Latinos rank second only to Native Americans and their alcohol death rate on the highway. The extent of the problem varies from state to state, but community leaders say it seems worse in places where Latinos have newly immigrated. At Al Pueblo, a Hispanic advocacy group in North Carolina, safety director Tony Ascion(ph) says Latino drunk drivers tend to be young men in the U.S. without their families, people who have a lot of free time and a lot of what Ascion calls, machismo.

More profiling! Shame on you, NPR!

Some Republicans, such as former Rep. Sue Myrick of North Carolina, have tried to pass laws to automatically deport illegal aliens who get caught driving drunk, for years. Myrick started in 2005 and was still at it in 2012. Somebody keeps stopping these bills from becoming law.

Cornyn’s proposed amendment to the Gang’s bill does include this provision:

Prohibits illegal aliens convicted of serious misdemeanors, such as domestic violence, aggravated assault, child abuse, violation of a protection order, and drunk driving, from receiving RPI status.

RPI is “registered provisional immigrant” — i.e. legalization. Out of the shadows. But not necessarily out of the local bar. Democrats are publicly wooing Cornyn, but in the background, they’re curiously wary of him, according to The Hill:

“If Cornyn was willing to vote for it, the bill would be so watered down that any Republican would vote for it. That’s not an outcome we’re interested in,” said a Democratic aide to a member of the gang.

Cornyn’s actual security language isn’t all that different from the Gang’s bill. Apart from the drunk driving provision, that is. There’s a watered-down drink joke in there somewhere.

Kaus writes that “Pro-Gang Democrats (and Republicans) understandably don’t want to publicize their DUI defense.”

I’m sure they don’t. But we’re happy to publicize it for them.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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The bill as written will not only "legalize" the roughly 10 million undocumented aliens here already, but will set up the mechanism to bring in 30-50 million more over the next ten years - based on the same "family connection" idiocy we now use instead of allowing in immigrants with skills and money that could help us. Obama is building a new permanent welfare state.
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“Pro-Gang Democrats (and Republicans) understandably don’t want to publicize their DUI defense.”

They're so shy. :P

Another big problem is the failure to secure their loads. Unheard of in backwards countries. The junk falls from the beds of their trucks and causes accidents. Shuts down the roads.

3rd-world people bring 3rd-world habits, so we need to bring them here in far smaller numbers. We can only integrate so many at a time.
44 weeks ago
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"... pass laws to automatically deport illegal aliens who get caught driving drunk..."

I'm sorry, I know this is a hopelessly stupid question but why do we need any additional laws in order to deport illegal aliens who are caught doing ANYTHING? Shouldn't their illegal presence in this country be enough to deport them all on its own?
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Illegal aliens can't get drivers licenses which means no insurance either. Many of the illegals that get arrested and OR'd just disappear until their next arrest.
43 weeks ago
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It is estimated that at least 30% of the violent felons incarcerated in California at present are here illegally. We are supporting them with three squares per day, free television, free health care, weight training and criminal gang indoctrination.

Why not give them the boot immediately and let Mexico deal with them.
43 weeks ago
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Aggravated Battery is a felony. That illegal immigrants are allowed to remain in the country after committing any crime is treasonous. All of this and the purposeful repression of the economy at large is part of the continued implementation of Cloward-Piven. Barry is using the welfare system to destroy itself and the country.
43 weeks ago
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Schumuky Schumer is for anything that will keep him in POWER.
43 weeks ago
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This talk of drunk driving has me thinking about the equally-idiotic, 'Illegal alien on probation'.

Wtf does that mean? An illegal 'on probation'.

Quite the banana republic were speeding toward.
43 weeks ago
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Several years ago an illegal from Honduras blew through a stop sign going approx. sixty miles an hour in a twenty-five mile an hour zone and narrowly missed a car driven by a mother and carrying her three young children. Unfortunately he didn't miss my sixteen year old daughter. It was nine o'clock in the morning and the illegal was so drunk he couldn't stand up. I arrived minutes later and it was obvious that my daughter was hurt and needed attention. The deputy gave me his card and I took my daughter, her leg was bleeding badly, to our doctor who was only a few blocks away. We were. At the doctor's for only a few minutes when she suddenly had trouble breathing. The seat belt had damaged her windpipe and her throat was swelling shut. She was rushed to the hospital. They made me wait in the waiting room and while there I saw the illegal walk right past the deputy that was supposed to be guarding and despite my alerting the deputy he got away and was never found again. Fortunately my daughter had a full recovery but the experience definitely left its mark on both of us. Since that time I've know several people who were in accidents caused by drunk illegals. We live just south of Tampa and it is common here. I have good reason not to want these people in my country.
43 weeks ago
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The bill as written will not only "legalize" the roughly 10 million undocumented aliens here already, but will set up the mechanism to bring in 30-50 million more over the next ten years - based on the same "family connection" idiocy we now use instead of allowing in immigrants with skills and money that could help us. Obama is building a new permanent welfare state.
44 weeks ago
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Look at California to see how true that is. The second generation Latinos, primarily from Mexico, are no further up the economic ladder, and maybe even a few rungs lower, than their parents.
43 weeks ago
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Ya gotta wonder why MADD isn't saying a word? Just like NOW doesn't make a peep about the treatment of women in the ME?
44 weeks ago
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No need to wonder at all. MADD and NOW members know that cholos as well as muslimes can rape and kill them with impunity.
43 weeks ago
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“Pro-Gang Democrats (and Republicans) understandably don’t want to publicize their DUI defense.”

They're so shy. :P

Another big problem is the failure to secure their loads. Unheard of in backwards countries. The junk falls from the beds of their trucks and causes accidents. Shuts down the roads.

3rd-world people bring 3rd-world habits, so we need to bring them here in far smaller numbers. We can only integrate so many at a time.
44 weeks ago
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"Smaller" numbers? Tell us why we even would consider the mayhem they bring?
44 weeks ago
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This is the "Obama's long lost Uncle Omar" provision:
An illegal alien, no driver's license, a DUI arrest, a job with false paperwork, sure we want to keep all the Uncle Omars in this country.

My son-in-law was hit by an undocumented driver a couple months ago. Luckily no one was hurt, but significant damage to his car.
Not a DUI, but a single male driver with no license, expired tag from a different car, no insurance, fake address on the accident report, so sorry senor, adios. The cops didn't even bother writing a ticket, since the driver would never show up in court anyway. Had to turn it in as an uninsured motorist claim. Arresting the driver wouldn't do anything, since ICE would just release him the next day.

Why would anyone want to come in from the shadows, when you can cause financial injury to an American citizen, and walk away scott free?
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