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
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