During an appearance on a Vice News forum, 2020 candidate Joe Biden threatened to fire any ICE agent who arrested and deported an illegal immigrant for what he deemed an insufficient reason beneath a felony.
Biden then specified he does not count drunk driving as a felony.
Per ConservativeReview, Angel Mom Sabine Durden’s son, Dominic, was killed eight years ago in a fatal motorcycle crash.
On July 12, 2012, Dominic, 30, was on his way to work when an illegal immigrant driving an unlicensed pickup truck took a wrong turn. Dominic was killed instantly.
The driver, Juan Zacarias Lopez Tzun, was an illegal immigrant from Guatemala with a record of drunk driving convictions. His initial sentence included nine months’ jail time, five years of probation, and a restitution fee of $18,800.
Durden told Breitbart News about her son
Dominic (30 years old) my only child and my best friend was killed (7-12-12) by a guy from Guatemala that was in the USA illegally for many years and had committed many crimes, including a felony armed robbery and 2 DUI’s. He never followed our laws (no license, no insurance or car registration) but expected our laws to protect him when he was arrested. It took me 1.5 years and many letters and trips to the immigration detention center to finally get a little justice and have him deported in March of 2014.
I am all for immigration and people finding a better way of life, but it has to be done the legal and right way. Too many American citizens lose loved ones because of this issue.
WashingtonExaminer reports 2020 Democratic front-runner Joe Biden said his administration would fire Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who arrest and deport illegal immigrants who are not guilty of felony crimes, adding that he doesn’t “count drunk driving as a felony.”
The former vice president made the comments at a Vice News forum on minority issues in Des Moines, Iowa, on Monday evening.
When asked what changes he would bring to the agency as president, Biden, 77, said he wants to change the fact that children of illegal immigrants live in fear that their parents will be arrested and deported.
“They go off to school wondering whether their mom comes and picks them up [or] if she’s not going to be there because an ICE agent was there to arrest her. Or she takes him to the doctor, that she’s going to not be there because she is ‘undocumented’ and an ICE agent is going to pick him up,” he said.
“You change the culture by saying you are going to get fired. You are fired if, in fact, you do that. You only arrest for the purpose of dealing with a felony that’s committed, and I don’t count drunk driving as a felony,” he added.
While a first offense of driving under the influence is considered a misdemeanor in most of the United States, repeated offenses can warrant a felony charge in many states. Some states may also elevate a drunken driving charge to a felony if it causes death or severe injury.