April 4, 2015

Convicted Drunk Drivers Viewed as “A Significant Public Safety Threat” by the Department of Homeland Security

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Convicted Drunk Drivers Viewed as “A Significant Public Safety Threat” by the Department of Homeland Securitycategories: DUI

Immigration authorities announced Monday that over 2,000 foreigners who had criminal convictions had been arrested during a five day nationwide operation in early March. This “sweep” was conducted primarily by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency. Alejandro Mayorkas, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, conducted a news conference in Washington, saying, “It had focused on deporting people who were the department’s top priorities because they posed serious public safety or national security threats.” Security officials went on to state that of the more than 2,000 people arrested “hundreds of them had convictions of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.” Advocates for immigrants have asked for leniency for immigrants with drunk driving cases, saying that oftentimes they were workers supporting their families. But immigration officials said Monday that they regarded those drivers as “a significant public safety threat.”Read More

A central part of President Obama’s immigration policy is showing tough immigration enforcement. President Obama’s controversial executive actions that protect millions of immigrants from deportation has been controversial – and has currently been placed on hold by a federal judge in Texas.

The significance of this story is that a cabinet leveled agency has now defined and labeled drivers convicted of DUI/drunk driving as “a significant public safety threat.” It has never been more important to hire an experienced and aggressive DUI/drunk driving defense team to work for you if you have been arrested and charged with DUI. Remember – “an arrest is not a conviction!”

Greenville, South Carolina DUI Attorney Steve Sumner primarily handles misdemeanor and felony DUI/drunk driving cases. Steve is a former DUI prosecutor and has been in private practice since 1994. Steve has been recognized as a South Carolina Super Lawyer® in the field of DUI defense since 2013. He is a member of the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers™ for criminal defense. He is a member of the National College for DUI Defense and has held a judicially endorsed AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell® and a “Superb” (10.0 out 10.0) ranking with Avvo since 2011.
Link to Story: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/10/us/us-immigration-authorities-arrest-foreigners-convicted-of-crimes.html


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The acronyms DUI, DWI, OMVI and OVI all refer to the same thing: operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The most commonly used terms are DUI, an acronym for Driving Under the Influence, and DWI, an acronym for Driving While Impaired.
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