There were a rash of these kinds of traffic accidents by Illegal Aliens before we left Northern Virginia (some leading to the death of legal Americans, by the way). The good news is that it appears North Carolina is tougher on double law-breaking aliens than Virginia is.
A hit-and-run accident at a school bus stop Tuesday morning sent a 7-year-old boy to the hospital and the 26-year-old driver of the car to Charlotte for questioning by federal immigration officials.
Martha Patricia Ortiz Lorenzano, 26, of 87 Woodsdale Place, was charged with felony hit and run, no operator’s license and felony failure to stop for a school bus. She was being held Tuesday night on $200,000 bond in the Cabarrus County jail.
A leader in the local Hispanic community, Goedeke questioned why Ortiz Lorenzano was taken to Charlotte so officials could check her residency status. Her family indicated that she does not have documents showing she is in the country legally.
“Why did the police department have to involve immigration?” asked Goedeke, who is director of the Cabarrus County Hispanic Learning Center.
My question is why shouldn’t the police involve immigration if there is probable cause that a hit-and-run suspect is also an Illegal Alien?
In a related story, last week Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory caught all sorts of hell from the Charlotte Observer for his leadership in enforcing the immigration laws we have now.
You’re in this country illegally, and you have information about a crime in your neighborhood. The right thing is to call the cops and spill the beans. But you know you’ll be asked for a green card you don’t have.
What would you do?
The answer is obvious, and it explains why law enforcement needs the trust of illegal immigrants to effectively police Charlotte, where large numbers of them live. It also explains why Police Chief Darrel Stephens wants that trust enough to have a dust-up with the mayor over a police department policy, and why law enforcement — not politicians — ought to be the ones to make such decisions.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department does not ask victims of crimes about their residency status. Mayor Pat McCrory does not like that policy. He has suggested the City Council — and perhaps the Mayor’s Immigration Task Force — ought to pass judgment on such police department practices. The dispute bubbled up this week after an officer asked about the legal status of an ice cream vendor who was robbed at gunpoint, and Chief Stephens apologized.
The chief is right, and Mr. McCrory needs to back off.
Wrong. The Mayor is right. These people wouldn’t be victims of crime in the USA if they were not Illegal Aliens to begin with. They broke the law first. It is our leaders’ (local and national) responsibility to enforce the immigration laws on the books no matter who they touch.
A GayPatriot American Hero Award goes to Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory. Bravo.