An illegal immigrant drunk driver reportedly hit and killed a 3-year-old toddler waiting in line for an ice cream cone. Adolf Balbuena, 18, is accused of "mowing down" the toddler after his car crashed through a fence in Porterville, California, Sunday.
Angeles Moreno was waiting in line at an ice cream truck with several others when the vehicle allegedly driven by the unlicensed illegal immigrant hit the toddler, then backed up and drove away. Adolf Balbuena was arrested at his home about an hour later, according to the Fresno Bee. Initial news reports did not note that the drunk driver was an illegal immigrant, but KMPH added that detail and also stated the DUI which resulted in the death of toddler was the fourth hit-and-run incident in the San Joaquin Valley this fall.
Police officers are still investigating where Adolf Balbuena obtained the alcohol he consumed before climbing behind the wheel of a 2005 Chevy Monte Carlo. Angeles Moreno was transported to the Kaweah Delta Medical Center, but died before arriving at the hospital. An 8-year-old boy and an adult female were transported to the Sierra View District Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. A woman inside the ice cream truck was also treated for minor injuries.
The illegal immigrant drunk driving incident has reignited controversy over the Obama administration's deportation policies. A 26-year Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney recently filed a lawsuit against Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. Patricia Vroom's legal filing maintains that Johnson has, among other things, relaxed enforcement against illegal immigrants with identity theft or drunk driving convictions on their record.
Patricia Vroom claims that in September, ICE Director Jim Stolley told a gathering of agency lawyers that they should "favorably exercise prosecutorial discretion in some cases involving low-level criminal aliens, including those who had 'old' DUI convictions if they had enough equities."
When the agency attorneys allegedly stated opposition to such a move, Stolley said, "We don't give a s**t about that. Let it go."
Vroom also maintains that she faced retaliation from her superiors for refusing to look the other way on cases involving illegal immigrants who were guilty of driving under the influence and other crimes. The immigration attorney also claims that ICE Deputy Director Sarah Hartnett told her that convictions of low-level offenders "could be converted" from a felony to a misdemeanor if the individual completed a probation program.
Do you think illegal immigrants who steal identities and drive drunk should be deported? What should be done with the illegal immigrants in the United States that have not committed a crime?
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