The deportation myth is part of this tragedy. Our president has instructed law
officers not to enforce our immigration laws and deportation is a revolving
door. Alcohol big money prevents stricter DUI limits and "Drink
responsibly" really means the oxymoron "Become impaired
responsibly." When someone is killed by a gun we blame the NRA. Who do we
blame for DUI deaths?
Re: "So I don't understand what his immigration status has to do with
it?"I think you do, but here goes -- just as it would be unfair
to require Mexico to deal with our DUI problem, it's unfair to require us
to deal with theirs.If we had the secure borders we're paying
politicians to provide us, this American victim would still be alive. That
another may have been killed in Mexico is a distinct possibility -- drinkers
like this perp are very dangerous people. But America would be safer.And, after all, isn't that what we expect our taxes to pay for?
Twice the "legal" limit? Why should he care what the legal limit is?
He's been here illegally at least 2 times. When are Utah politicians going
to stop pretending they oppose illegal immigration & put some teeth into E-
Verify? BTW D-News, how about reporting who this guy's employer is?
@MrsHYou probably cannot understand how a family might feel that their
loved one would still be alive if government had done their job and enforced the
immigration laws in the first place.Instead politicians, preachers and
police chiefs line up to defend their "right" to be here illegally, even
if that "right" leads to the deaths of innocents from time-to-time.
Another aspect to the story. It gives me reason to advise my wife against
sitting on the sidewalk at 1:30 am.
So I don't understand what his immigration status has to do with it?
Should white folks who drink and drive and kill someone get away with it?
Because they 'belong here' you know, and they would never do anything
@BU52I'm sure the reporter will be diligent and follow up regarding
his entire deportation/immigration status. He will also delve into the
circumstances regarding his rap sheep and the diligence of the police in giving
ICE the opportunity to detain him before releasing him in the past.The
Deseret News has the utmost integrity in such matters.Then again,
this is amnesty season and this crime disrupts the narrative.
Why wait until the very end of the story to mention his immigration status? Is
there an agenda being followed by the paper?
This is another reason we need stronger liquor and alcohol restriction laws in
this state. Another reason the legal limit needs to be lowered or even
eliminated entirely. Another reason to give law enforcement more tools to go
after people who drive drunks and to punish those caught to the fullest extent.
Another reason to provide more support to those in addiction recovery programs
to fix their difficulties. This is a tragedy that will change more
than merely the lives of this woman, her husband, the family, and the drunk
driver. It will change friends, neighbors, the community, and people who
struggle with drinking or know someone who does. What will it take
to get those who clamor for loosening alcohol restrictions in this state to wake
up and realize that nothing good comes from alcohol? That when you drink, you
put yourself in danger of making stupid decisions like this? That you hurt more
than just yourself? I will fight yet harder for stronger liquor and
DUI laws in this state because of this story. We must not let this death be in
"It's baffling to me that somebody who has been drinking will even risk
it and jump behind the wheel."It isn't baffling at all. The
same reason it isn't baffling is the same reason I don't hate the guy
who did it. It's doubtful he intended to kill someone. Without intent, the
alcohol ought to be treated like an accomplice, and is therefore as guilty if
not more than he is. I'm not saying he shouldn't face consequences, he
should as he made the choice to drink and not to prepare. But I am saying that
alcohol is as much to blame here.Some would compare that to blaming
guns or bullets for people pulling the trigger. The difference here is that the
gun essentially helps you pull it whether you would have or not. So yes,
I'll keep on blaming alcohol all I want.
If he was deported, then arrested in May, why wasn't he deported then? And
why did Utah give him a drivers privlege card knowing he had been deported? I
think some questions need to be answered. Married for four months,
my heart goes out to her husband. What a horribile night.
werYeah lets make drinking and driving illegal, that should make it
so nobody does it... Oh wait, it alerady is illegal. Good one.
If it only saves one life....Just the latest in a long list of lives
of honest citizens which have been ended because we refuse to enforce our
borders and immigration laws.From the story, neatly burying the lede
in the final two paragraphs:"Hernandez allegedly told police he was
deported to Mexico in 2008 after being arrested for DUI in 2008 by Pleasant
Grove police.In May, Hernandez was cited for driving without a valid
license, according to Utah state court records."May the young
lady rest in peace, and her family heal the sorrow from their loss.May the rest of us quit ignoring the very real fact that chronic failure to
enforce our immigration laws is killing people, and demand that this be changed
@ wer: What he did was illegal under current law. He was twice the legal limit
and punishment for a D.U.I is severe... even so, this poor girl was killed. Sad
story, easily avoided... don't drink and drive, it's up to the
Another example of why Utah needs stronger liquor laws.