Thursday, April 3, 2008

California DUI drivers must be legally in the US, per new law?

California DUI criminal defense attorney news

Republican legislators trotted out the first parts of their anti-illegal immigration package of California DUI bills Tuesday; they have determined that illegal immigrants are to blame for most of the state's gaping budget deficit.

To remedy this "illegal problem", GOP lawmakers put together what they call a "border security" package of "20 common-sense measures" they said "would help the state secure the border and better protect Californians."

Two of the "common-sense" measures went toe to toe with reality, in the form of the Assembly Public Safety Committee.

One of the bills was AB 1882, by Assemblyman Martin Garrick, R-Solana Beach.

What the bill would do is require cops who arrest a California DUI - drunk driver, after an accident that involves an injury or does more than $600 worth of property damage, to determine whether the drunk is legally in the United States.

If the California DUI driver couldn't prove to the cop's satisfaction his legal right to be on U.S. soil, the California DUI cop would be obligated to contact federal immigration officials about it.

Garrick asserted that his California DUI bill would "dramatically reduce the number of unnecessary DUI deaths and injuries in California."

However, he didn't produce any statistical data that show illegal-immigrant California DUI drunk drivers are any more of a problem than legal resident California DUI drunk drivers. What about the idea of asking California DUI cops to determine citizenship status without resorting to racial profiling? A committee analysis raised a host of constitutional questions about the state's limited role in enforcing federal immigration laws. There are some questions related to illegal immigration: are we better off giving illegals driver's licenses if they learn the driving laws, pass the tests and get insurance, or refusing to grant them licenses until they obtain legal residency?