State Rep. Mike Moran of Brighton was rear-ended by a suspected illegal immigrant this week. The suspect was wearing a Mexican costume at the time of the crash where he slammed into Moran at 60 mph.
The suspect, 27-year-old Isaias Naranjo, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident and driving without a valid license. According to the report, when told of the serious charges he would be facing, he just laughed.
But because of action taken by Gov. Deval Patrick, state police were unable to notify immigration authorities that Naranjo might be illegal.
That “action taken” by good ol’ “Coupe” Deval happened exactly one week after he took office on January 4, 2007; he rescinded previous Governor Mitt Romney’s agreement with federal authorities to allow State Police to arrest suspected illegals, and replaced it with a much weaker compromise:
“…Steven A. Camarota , director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies, said that Romney’s approach was better than Patrick’s because Massachusetts police officers have few options if they come across individuals they believe may be illegal immigrants.
“If you’re only letting correction officers do [immigration enforcement], then you’re only doing it after someone’s been incarcerated, not when someone is on the street,” he said. “It’s a very poor substitute for what Romney had proposed.”
And so, a drunk illegal fugitive from a mariachi band, with a blood alcohol level of .25 going 60mph rear-ended a state official’s car. And when the police tried to explain to Naranjo what kind of trouble he was in, he just laughed, understanding exactly how toothless Mass immigration laws are, and replied that he was going back to “my country, Mexico. Nothing is going to happen to me, man.”
What are the chances that now, someone will sit up and take notice?
Well, it won’t be the crash victim, Rep. Mike Moran. He is solidly for Massachusetts taxpayers shelling out for illegals:
Checking Moran’s legislative record at local news reports and Project Vote Smart, we see he voted to “delay indefinitely” a proposal to “require the state to verify that anyone over 18 who applies for state benefits is legally in Massachusetts”:
The proposal would require a person seeking benefits to produce proof that he or she is here legally by providing either a valid Massachusetts driver’s license or identification card, U.S. military card, Coast Guard Merchant Mariner card, military dependent’s identification card or Native American tribal document…
Not only that, Moran voted in favor of “In State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants”…
Do you think Massachusetts will take a page from Arizona’s book of laws?
Nah, me neither.