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Man charged in nun's death had employment card

The man accused of driving drunk and causing a collision that killed a nun was allowed to work in the U.S., even though he was about to be deported for a previous drunk driving conviction, Prince William County's police chief said Friday.

Police Chief Charlie T. Deane said that U.S. immigration officials gave Carlos A. Martinelly-Montano, 23, an Employment Authorization Card in 2009, just months after he entered deportation proceedings. Deane's revelations came in a letter last week to John T. Morton, who heads the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Deane made the letter public Friday.

Martinelly-Montano's case has become a rallying point in calls to stiffen immigration enforcement since his car swerved last month into the path of a vehicle carrying three nuns who were on their way to a retreat in Prince William. He told police he didn't remember the crash, according to the arrest warrant. Prince William Commonwealth's Attorney Paul Ebert said he intends to ask a grand jury to return a second-degree murder indictment.

Sister Denise Mosier, 66,died in the crash.

Martinelly-Montano entered the United States illegally at age 8 with his parents and sister, and had been awaiting a deportation hearing after two convictions for drunken driving in 2007 and 2008.

While he was jailed for his second DUI, Deane said ICE was notified and an immigration detainer was issued. Deportation proceedings began, but Marinelly-Montano was given the employment card, Deane said. He used the card to get a valid Virginia ID card, the chief said.

Deane also said he used a previously issued employment card to get a driver's license. An employment authorization card is not a green card, which indicates permanent legal residence.

The chief asked Morton to end the policy of allowing employment cards during criminal deportations.

-- Washington Post staff


By Washington Post editors  |  September 3, 2010; 12:50 PM ET
Categories:  Pr. William  
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More documentation that law enforcement targets the guy with 2 drinks, and not the bonafide drunken driver bent on murder.

Posted by: Dave115 | September 3, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Dave115 wrote: "More documentation that law enforcement targets the guy with 2 drinks, and not the bonafide drunken driver bent on murder."
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There is a mound of evidence that shows that reaction time and critical thinking skills are dulled in many adults with two drinks.

Please put yourself on the other side: If one of your loved ones died in this crash, would you be this lenient?

If you have read my previous posts, you know I wouldn't be here hating on Mr. Martinelly-Montano for his ethnicity (my Latino ancestors might object), but the facts remain:

Regardless of your ethnicity or country of origin, your driving ability is impaired when you've had a few or a couple. Please catch a ride, or at least wait a couple of hours for each drink before you get behind the wheel. You are not excepted because you are:

*young
*old
*middle aged
*respectable
*exceptionally athletic
*legal
*illegal
*a social drinker
*a raging alcoholic
*a country club member
*a communist

or anyone else.

Posted by: carlaclaws | September 3, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Who are these officials handing out Employment Authorization Cards? Is anyone at DHS/ICE in charge or is policy to ignore this nations laws? The government has the time and desire to file lawsuits against the state of Arizona but cannot deport a twice convicted drunk-driver? Is it any wonder that the majority of U.S. citizens are angry at what is perceived as the governments failure to secure the borders, enforce our laws, deport illegal aliens and hold employers accountable?

Posted by: wrldtrvlr1982 | September 5, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

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