Illegal Aliens and Unlicensed Drivers

Recently, this issue raised its ugly head once again in Santa Rosa, CA. It will not be the last time for sure and is played out many communities.

In the local case, the parents of a 4-yr. old, lost their son while playing near their home. The Mexican driver hit the boy while the boy was walking in a crosswalk. within seconds, both lives had changed forever. The parents lost a beloved child and Marcos Garcia, 24, faced a critical decision moments after.

Should he remain at the scene and wait for police or run? Since Marcos was in the US illegally (although, he worked at a pizza place) and had no drivers license and fear permeated his soul, he ran. It became a hit and run. Marcos had hoped to somehow make it to Mexico before the "bad" happened. It can be done. Look at the gruesome murders of Ramon Salcido in 1989 (also in the same area). A legal resident, he killed his white wife and then killed two of the three girls. One girl survived. Ramon managed, despite CNN coverage and state wide alerts, to cross back into Mexico. He had used back roads from Northern California all the way down to San Diego- a good 10 hour drive.

But Marcos is not Ramon. After the murder, he drove to a nearby park to survey the damage to his Volvo. Then, he went to his employer seeking an advance in pay so to travel to Southern California. Marcos was caught and placed in jail. This was not the first time either. In 2010, police had stopped him and cited him for driving without a license and fined. He was on probation for a year. Even though Marcos was told not to drive, he did so anyway until this put him behind bars. In his eyes, how was he going to get to work? Survive? Judges face this issue everyday with anyone driving without a license. Judges know, they will drive anyway.

Also, just because one has a license, does not mean the same accident could not happen. That is why they are called accidents. But, Marcos did not get a license because he was illegally here and he feared getting busted by ICE and being deported. Of course, when one is caught without a license their car is impounded for 30 days. That is far more serious than a ticket because suddenly you have a problem for a considerable time-getting to work, losing the job, getting around. Marcos, being here illegally, also was paid in cash as he delivered pizza, thus, he also took a job that someone who was legally here might need-even well the educated might take it for extra cash. Who knows?

In court, Marcos did express remorse, he fought off tears. Marcos worse case scenario is now upon him. He most likely will face five years in jail and then be deported back to Mexico. The odds are great that Marcos will return illegally in 2017 and once again, drive unlicensed. I guess that is "Deja Vu" or "The Circle of Life".

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MizBejabbers 4 years ago

Yes, Marcos should be given the penalty any citizen would. He should not be given special treatment because "he was seeking a better life in this country," or because he might return if he is deported. But the pizza company that hired Marcos should face a stiff penalty also, not just a slap on the wrist for hiring an illegal. They are, in part, a party to the death of the child. But I don't think our laws cover that. Perhaps they should.

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perrya 4 years ago Author

I agree. The Feds so target the employers who do hire them more than they are.

DigbyAdams 4 years ago

A well-balanced telling of a heart-breaking story. I would have had more sympathy for Marcos, if he had stayed at the scene of the accident. It would also be great if the Federal Government would secure our borders and develop an orderly program for legal immigration. That way Mexicans wouldn't be "encouraged" to come here illegally.

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perrya 4 years ago Author

Yes, the issue is filled with nuances that makes it really crazy. like US citizen kids living across the border yet attending US schools, then, having the school district fined millions by the state because the kids are not residents as in AZ.

Cathy in AL 4 years ago

I don't know what the answer is. Youre right, the Mexicans are a different kind of people. The Rio Grande used to keep them out pretty good, but now there are more bridges and they've learned to swim. I just don't know what to do.

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perrya 4 years ago Author

The laws seem to be only able to address certain aspects of the problem and there are exceptions.

Cathy in AL 4 years ago

I wonder if it's possible to decrease the number of bridges. Would sharks work in the river? I know they like the salt water, but maybe they could adapt.

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Cathy in AL 4 years ago

So maybe the sharks wouldn't be able to adapt. What's the solution?

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DS Duby 4 years ago from United States, Illinois

Great article, I too believe he got what he deserved, and I also agree with you that he'll be back soon after the release and deportation.Illegal aliens will always be a problem for any country with better opportunities than their neighbors.Awesome thumbs up!

Jimmy 4 years ago

The reptilians let the Mexicans accross because their DNA is easier to manipulate than most people in America.

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