On October 19, 2003, the 29 year old, ex-quarterback for the University of Colorado football team, John Hesler, was driving his Honda Accord on Interstate 76 in Colorado when it was clipped by an SUV sending it across a median and into the path of a pickup truck, causing a horrific accident. The driver and passenger of the SUV that caused the accident fled the scene and haven't been found. The Colorado State Patrol told Hesler's family that they most likely are in Mexico.
As of January 2007, John Hesler was still living in a rehabilitation center going through extensive mental and physical therapy. The car that caused the accident did not have insurance. Since the driver was not apprehended or ticketed nobody knows whether the driver causing the accident had a license or not. Most likely he did not, but even if so, false documentation is a major problem in Colorado, as well as across the USA.
John Hesler was “lucky.” He survived his traffic encounter with an illegal alien but not without terrible costs to himself and family. Go to the John Hesler website to see the journey from being on the top of the world with a full life and promise before him to:
“John’s thought process improves daily which is great, but there for awhile the realization of everything he has endured hit him like a ton of bricks. Negative thoughts and remarks became a frequent visitor in John’s everyday life. A change was needed and we pray and ask each of you to continue to pray that this will bring John back to a lasting optimistic state of mind.”
And say a prayer for John Hesler.
For a detailed report on what is happening on the roads and highways of the East Coast see the article Harvest of death on the Eastern Shore where it is reported that while 5% of the population in the area is Hispanic they are involved in 25% of the fatal traffic accidents, an astounding 5 times as much participation as representation. Given the fact that most members of the Hispanic community are law abiding and responsible citizens, that means that a large percentage of the illegal alien portion of the Hispanic community is even worse. How much worse nobody knows because NOBODY IS TRACKING IT.
A review of State Police auto accident reports for 2002 through 2004 for that area of the Eastern Shore also revealed that of the 179 accidents involving Hispanic laborers:
· 75% of the drivers had no auto insurance.
· Nearly all of the vehicles driven by migrants were registered to other drivers.
· 93% of the vehicles had false out-of-state tags.
In 2003 and 2004, 128 of the 395 people, 32.4%, arrested on DUI charges were Hispanic, a rate six times greater than the Hispanic portion of the population.
The article goes on, “When crashes occur, it is not uncommon for Hispanic drivers – often intoxicated and unlicensed – to flee before troopers arrive. According to State Police records, about a third of accidents involving migrant workers are hit-and-run. State Trooper Koushel said migrants often cannot be conclusively identified when they’re stopped for a violation or involved in an accident.” “Many”, he said, “are illegal aliens who carry fake or invalid driver’s licenses”. “Because of that”, he said, “many fail to show up in court. It’s almost like writing a ticket to a ghost.”
For more information on the DUI problem, see Hispanics in crashes lead DWI stats.
Illegal aliens that drive without licenses often can not read English. As a result, they don’t know the rules of the road and can’t read highway signs. As noted in Where Illegals Go for Driver's Licenses, North Carolina allows illegal aliens who can’t speak English to bring in their own interpreter so the English speaking examiners don’t have a clue what the applicant knows or doesn’t know.
Combine such loose licensing with the higher tendency for DUI driving and many illegal aliens are the worst drivers on the road, as noted by some of the various traffic accident statistics cited in this paper. Add in the fact that they generally have no insurance and that makes them, as a group, the most irresponsible drivers on the road, as well.
As noted in No license to drive: Illegal immigrant drivers creating problem in De Queen, Arkansas, population 5,765:
“Hispanic drivers in De Queen without driver’s licenses have become an accident waiting to happen, an official said. “The majority of Hispanics have no driver’s license and they’re part of the illegal immigration problem. If they’re here illegally, they can’t get into the system to get driver’s license. In most cases they don’t have car insurance either,” said Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy.
…The drivers also have no vehicle insurance and no liability insurance, says McKelvy.
…In the last two months, De Queen has been averaging about an accident per week involving Hispanic drivers with no driver’s licenses. Ten vehicles have been involved and the average amount of damage per vehicle was estimated to be $3,000. So far, none of the crashes in De Queen have been fatal.”
However the consequences of illegal aliens driving have not just been a few cars damaged as in DeQueen. Putting some of the personal consequences of the “victimless crime” into perspective:
The Police chief of the Needville Independent School District, Chief Ernest V. Mendoza lost his life when he was hit head on by drunken illegal alien Guillermo Paniagua Paniagua who veered into his lane. Paniagua had four previous drunken driving convictions. Paniagua fled the scene on foot but was captured latter. Mendoza, a 25-year-veteran of law enforcement, leaves behind a wife and four children.
20 year old and 8 months pregnant Leeanna Newman was killed by an apparent drunk driving illegal alien, Rigo Martinez, who crossed the center line and hit her car head on. Leanna was due to deliver her baby in three months and she had just sent out invitations for a baby shower. Kannapolis police confirm Martinez was involved in two hit and runs moments before the fatal accident. They said there was only about 1.5 miles between the first hit and run and the second.
Kelly Bergen, 25, a teacher, was crushed between two potato trucks, an accident caused by an illegal alien driving without a license or insurance.
Min Soon Chang, a freshman from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, was killed by drunk driving illegal alien Jorge Humberto Hernandez-Soto, who hit him while going 100 MPH the wrong way on the highway. Hernadez-Sot had been previously deported to his native Mexico 17 times. That is not a typo.
Cheryl Ceran, 47, and two of her children, 15-year-old Ian and 7-year-old Julianna were killed on Christmas Eve by drunk driving illegal alien Carlos Rodolfo Prieto, 24, who ran a red light and slammed into their car. Also injured in the crash were Cheryl Ceran's husband, Gary Ceran, 45, their daughter, Clarissa, 19, and a son, Caleb, 12. Prieto had at least two other drunken driving arrests and did not have a license.
Deputy Loren Lilly, an 18 year veteran of the Cobb County, GA, police department was killed Christmas Eve morning on his way to work when an illegal alien swerved into his lane. The driver, Joel Camacho Perea, faces charges of hit and run, failure to maintain lane and driving without a license.
Marine Corporal Brian Mathews, 21, and his girlfriend Jennifer Bower, 24, were killed by a drunk illegal alien Eduardo Raul Morales-Soriano who slammed into their car when it was stopped at a traffic light. Corporal Mathews was on leave, after just returning from duty in Iraq. Morales-Soriano had a blood-alcohol level that was four times the legal limit.
20 year old Natalie Housand was killed when illegal alien Jesus Garcia Lopez hit her car while going 100 MPH, driving drunk. Amazingly, after the head-on collision, Lopez fled the scene.
Donna and Sean Wilson of Juliet Tennessee, were killed by illegal alien Gustavo Reyes Garcia who had been, arrested 14 times in the previous five years prior to when he ran into and killed them, again driving while intoxicated. Garcia had previously been arrested 5 times on DUIs.
Tricia Ann Taylor, 17, lost both her legs above the knees when she was pinned against a wall by a drunken illegal alien with seventeen prior violations who hit her while drag racing.
5-year-old Felix Leon was killed in a hit and run accident by illegal alien Carlos Jaramillo.
Ryan Ostendorf, a 28 year old paramedic, who was also a Kansas University student and who dreamed of becoming a doctor, was killed by illegal alien Victor Anzua-Torresa who had ignored an order to receive treatment after his previous drunken-driving conviction. Anzua-Torresa had also been previously deported in 2000 and been arrested for several other offenses, including possession of drug paraphernalia.
James F. Rogers Jr., 18, of North Jackson, TN was killed by Luis Oscar Garcia, a Mexican who had been living in the U.S. without a green card for three years. Garcia ran a red light. In addition to the vehicular homicide and DUI charges, Garcia faces counts of driving without a license, registration or proof of insurance. When police did a check on his license plate, it did not come back under his name.
Joshua Morrow, 4, and his uncle, Ronald Bishop were killed by an illegal alien who left the scene of the accident.
Christopher Shackleford, 19, Julieanne Pascoe, 18, and Kelli Bourgeois, 18, were all killed in Marietta, Georgia, by an illegal alien drunk driver. He did not have a valid driver's license or insurance but did have a blood alcohol level at twice the legal limit.
Brandon Haley, 31, was killed while riding his bicycle in a hit and run by illegal alien Lazardo Lobaton.
The Marti family, pictured here during a happy moment that no longer exists. Sean, just 24 years old, and his daughter Sage, 5 months old, were killed by a drunk illegal alien who was driving the wrong way on Highway 84 in Idaho. Natalie Marti was in a coma for two weeks after the head-on crash, spent and has
Chicago Police Officer Michael Gordon lost his life to a drunken illegal alien driver. Officer Gordon was in the driver's seat of his squad car when it was struck by Luis Calle, a Guatemalan, whose blood alcohol level was 0.177, twice the legal limit.
Helen Hughes, 22, Jennifer Carter, 18, and Hughes' stepbrother, 16-year-old Ben Leonard were all killed by an illegal alien, who allegedly was driving drunk, and already had a long record of crime in the United States.
22-year-old Amy Kortlang was killed by an illegal alien driving without a license and while drunk. The illegal alien driver had been previously deported, barely six months prior to causing the accident.
Oakland Police Officer Will Seuis was killed on his ride home by an illegal alien. A sixteen-year veteran of the Police Department, Officer Seuis was remembered at his funeral as a hard-working cop who had received 33 letters of appreciation from citizens, including one from a motorist he had ticketed. The illegal alien had a long history of traffic convictions.
Peggy Keller, dean of distance education at Yakima Valley Community College, was killed by a twice deported illegal alien who was driving under the influence of methamphetamines.
19 year old Travis Smith was killed when he was struck head-on by a vehicle driven by an illegal alien who was transporting four other illegal aliens to Pennsylvania.
Six year old Annie Cumpston was killed in a hit-and-run accident in downtown Baltimore by a truck driven by illegal alien Guillermo Diaz when it veered into the crosswalk as she and her family were leaving the circus. When Diaz was arrested, he did not have a driver's license, the tags on the truck were expired and his blood-alcohol level was 0.07 percent. Diaz had been in the United States illegally for four years doing construction work. He received 10 years in prison but is eligible for parole in just two years. This is an example of a horrific crime where all the easy to find references are gone but you can find the story at archived at CRIME VICTIMS OF ILLEGAL ALIENS.
The above examples are only a small sampling, mostly over the year it took to write this report. Here are a few more links on the carnage being caused by illegal alien drivers:
· Illegal alien faces deportation (causes an accident while driving with no driver's license, no insurance coverage, and no current state inspection sticker)
· Another drunk Illegal Alien kills motorcyclist (Nashville musician Charlie” Derrington)
How bad is the problem getting? See: The Carnage of Unisured Motorists for a detailed report on the havoc caused by illegal alien drivers in an East Coast community and Numbers flabbergast legislators - Crashes, arrests highlight illegal immigration problem, lawmakers say where over a few days of bad weather in Colorado over 100 illegal aliens were in auto accidents or given traffic tickets.
Finally, it is worth noting that illegal alien drivers are not only killing Americans and themselves. Some of the most horrific accidents are as a result of an illegal alien transporting other illegal aliens. For a few examples, see: Van stuffed full of immigrants takes deadly roll or 9 suspected illegal immigrants killed in Yuma crash or Driver in Crash Held on Smuggling Counts. In the first two incidents there were 21 illegal aliens in the vehicles that got into the accident. In the third there were “only” 11 in the van with four dying. The emergency services and medical costs on the local community for such accidents are enormous and especially burdensome on the smaller rural communities.
Who pays for the carnage? American citizens, of course. As noted in When illegal immigrants crash, taxpayers usually foot the bill, “the only trauma center in Southern Arizona, Tucson's University Medical Center…At the current run rate we'll incur 5 - 6 million dollars in un-reimbursed costs for taking care of foreign nationals.” That is just the unpaid emergency medical costs for one hospital in one city. Since there is no such thing as a free lunch, the insured pay for treating the uninsured through higher medical costs and insurance premiums.
How many Americans are being killed in traffic accidents by illegal aliens? As noted by a Media Matters article interview, Boyles guest acknowledges "no one really knows how many Americans per day are being killed by illegal aliens" as it is all a guess based on bits and pieces starting with the fact that nobody really knows how many illegal aliens are actually in the USA. Again, it comes back to nobody knows because NOBODY IS TRACKING IT.
Looking at one particularly egregious component of traffic accidents, hit and runs, nationally 11 of every 100 traffic accidents are a hit and run. After a hit and run driver flees the accident scene, something very common when the driver is an illegal alien, the unfortunate victim is responsible for all the expenses, as well as suffering the inconvenience of being without a car while it’s being repaired or replaced.
Fortunately, the vast majority of hit and run accidents only cause vehicle damage but many drivers, including, most notably, illegal aliens, do not have insurance, let alone adequate insurance, to handle any expenses, even if only to repair the unfortunate victim’s car. Thus, if you do not carry comprehensive insurance on an older car and are hit by an illegal alien that destroys your car, you are left without a car. As bad as that can be, unfortunately, there are also many deaths and serious injuries as well, for which the victim’s insurance must also pay. Although they may be hidden in some states, these costs are represented in the “uninsured drivers” portion of your auto insurance premium.
As noted at the start of this section and in Not all Hit and Run Accident Victims Die, often the injuries are crippling, life long, and require many years of treatments and hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars in medical costs. For another example of this type of collateral damage with devastating impact on families, see the recent article by Jonathon Vit, Father's life and role is forever changed.
How many hit and run accidents are there and what is the participation of illegal aliens? As reported by Deadly Roads, as of December 29, there were 1,544 killed and 105,078 injured in hit and run accidents in 2006. Extrapolating for the year, 2006 will end up with about 1,560 killed and 105,948 injured by hit and run drivers. If the illegal alien population was responsible for just 5% of the carnage, that would result in 78 killed and 5,297 injured. However, as previously noted, the data suggests that the proportional involvement of illegal aliens in traffic accidents is actually far higher and there is no reason to believe it would be any different for hit and run accidents. In fact, if anything, the participation of illegal aliens is probably even higher but, again, NOBODY IS TRACKING IT so nobody really knows.
For what is happening in California see California's hit-and-run crisis - More flee fatal accidents here than any other state where it is reported: “
“The number of fatal hit-and- run traffic deaths statewide jumped by 19 percent from 1999 to 2001, federal statistics show. Nearly 300 people are killed annually in hit-and-run accidents in the state.
Hit-and-runs accounted for 7.8 percent of the state's fatal crashes in 2001, the latest year for which figures are available from the U.S. Transportation Department. The figure is more than twice the national average of 3.8 percent - and a full percentage point higher than the next-highest state, Arizona.”
In Spiral Of Immigrant Corruption In America, Frosty Wooldridge says, “To give you an idea of how fast the United States careens into Third World standard operating procedure, in Greeley, Colorado last year, police recorded 270 hit and run accidents for that year. Greeley, with less than 70,000 residents, houses the largest contingent of (illegal alien) Mexicans in Colorado.”
While anecdotal, it fits the pattern as California has the highest illegal alien population of all states, Arizona has the second highest, and Greeley is reported to have one of the highest percentage concentrations of illegal aliens in Colorado. In any case, nobody that I am aware correlated the incidence of hit-and-run accidents with the illegal alien population but the circumstantial evidence is rather damning, especially when DUIs are factored in.
As noted in a 2003 article in the Austin American Statesmen, A troubling trend: Hispanics and DWI - Latinos account for nearly half of 2002 Austin arrests:
“Of 3,007 drunken driving arrests in 2002, 43 percent involved Hispanic men, even though they make up only about 11 percent of Austin's driving population.
Including women, Hispanics made up 47 percent of the DWI arrests but only 21 percent of Austin drivers.
…Statewide, 42 percent of the people arrested in 2002 for driving while intoxicated were Latino, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
In Austin, 46 percent of the people arrested for drunk driving from 1999 to 2002 were Latino, according to the Austin Police Department.”
As noted in a December 2005 article, Durham court outreaches to Latinos to prevent DWI, by Paul Savery in the Carolina NewsWire:
“46% OF INDIVIDUALS CHARGED WITH DWI ARE LATINO ACCORDING TO STUDY OF TRAFFIC CHARGES IN DURHAM COURT
…Latinos are over represented among individuals charged with DWI in Durham. Latinos account for 7.6% of Durham’s population, but account for a much greater percentage of those individuals charged with DWIs and other traffic offenses.
In Durham 44% (589) of individuals charged with a traffic offense are Latino and 40% (74) of all individuals charged with a DWI were Latino. (Based on the Coalition’s sampling of data from the Durham Traffic Court dockets. A one week period (5 days) of Durham Traffic Court was selected at random from each of the last 3 months of 2004 and yielded a total sample of 1338 of individuals charged with traffic offences.)
In Durham 46% (253) of individuals charged with DWI are Latino. 99% (251) of Latinos charged with DWI were male, with an average age of 27 years old. (Based on the Coalition’s examination of the Durham City Police Department’s 2004 DWI Arrest Record which accounts for all the DWI arrests (801) from 1-1-04 to 12-31-04.)
The Latino community in Durham is paying a terrible cost for the high rate of drinking and driving. Apart from the cost of legal fees, fines, lost wages from DWI convictions, the cost of drinking and driving in terms of death and injury is also high. Recent data for 2002-2003 from a local trauma center shows that 43% of Latino admissions are due to motor vehicle collisions and a significant number involved alcohol use.”
As noted in a July 2006 article Illegal Immigrants Filling Jails - Sheriff's department officials around state predict thing will worsen in the Carolina Journal Print by Karen Welsh:
“RALEIGH - County jails throughout North Carolina are stressed to the limit with illegal immigrants, law-enforcement officials say.
…Kevin Jastzabski, prison captain for the Lee County Sheriff’s Department, said the number of Hispanics clogging the county’s system is getting larger everyday. “We do have a problem, and it is going to keep on growing,” he said “It doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down any time soon.”
…It’s not racial discrimination, as some have feared, but cultural differences that are putting most of the illegal immigrants behind bars.
The arrests are legitimate, Jones said, and arise mostly from drug trafficking or driving under the influence of alcohol in Alamance County. DUI is the number one killer of Hispanic males in the state, he said.
“There are cultural differences,” he said. “They drink and drive. It’s culturally acceptable for them to do that. When we bring them in, they are usually double the legal limit. But law-enforcement officers have been called racist and have been accused of singling out Hispanics. Now the statistics are showing we were probably right from the onset - law-enforcement-wise.””
As noted in a December 2006 article by Jared Allen in the Nashville City Paper, Male Hispanics responsible for disproportionate number of fatal car crashes:
“As a percentage of Nashville’s population, male Hispanics have been responsible for a greater percentage of fatal traffic accidents this year than any other demographic, police data show.
…While the U.S. Census bureau estimates that Hispanics made up approximately 6.3 percent of Nashville’s population in 2004, police say they were responsible for 17 percent of the fatal car wrecks that have occurred so far in 2006.
…Since the summer, Nashville’s Hispanic leaders have weathered a tempest caused by a number of deadly, high- profile accidents police say came at the hands of Latinos, three quarters of whom were allegedly drunk, and some who have been identified as illegal immigrants.
“As a cultural group, Hispanics are responsible for more fatal accidents then they are entitled to... based on their percentage of the population,” said Metro Police Sgt. William Keeter, supervisor of traffic analysis, hit and runs and fatal crash investigations.
…At the same time, though, alcohol was a contributing factor in 75 percent of the fatal car crashes caused this year by Hispanics, a far higher percentage than with other groups, police said.
Keeter said the rate of alcohol-caused crashes among whites, Blacks, Asians and others is usually about 40 percent.”
Over on the West Coast the problem persists but, interestingly, not at the same rate in one report. As noted in DUI's culture gap -Latinos in S.J. account for disproportionate amount of arrests:
“Approximately 2,000 Latino men like Mercado were arrested in Stockton between 2000 and 2004 on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. They accounted for at least 54 percent of all DUI arrests in Stockton, according to the Police Department, although Latinos make up just 35.3 percent of the city's population, based on the latest estimates from the California Department of Finance.
In 2004 alone, police arrested 4,242 people on DUI charges in San Joaquin County, according to the California Department of Justice. Latinos accounted for 46.8 percent of the arrests but only 33.1 percent of the county's population. In Stockton, 59 percent of the 883 DUI arrestees that year were Latino men, the highest percentage of any city in San Joaquin County.”
Maybe the Hispanics in California are drinking more wine. Regardless, the article goes on to note:
"The Latino community creates its own problems," said Joe Ynostroza, technical assistance director for the California Hispanic Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Sacramento, a nonprofit educational organization. The problem is especially acute in Mexico.
"Most of this is first- or second-generation Mexican males," he said. "Alcoholism runs rampant in the Mexican Latino community."
No other ethnic or racial group has such a high level of DUI arrests statewide, according to the California Department of Justice”
How much of this is attributable to Hispanic illegal aliens nobody knows because NOBODY IS TRACKING IT. The lower number may actually be a result of the larger Hispanic community where the vast majority of Hispanics are law abiding and are not committing DUI/DWIs.
In any case, note the references to “cultural differences,” an issue discussed in the following section.
While fairly small samples, the reports indicate that Hispanics are involved in drunk driving at a rate that is often three to five times than their representation in the population. That is an amazing statistic. The impact of Hispanic illegal alien DUI/DWIs on the resident Hispanic portion of the statistics is unknown but is undoubtedly very large and giving the Hispanic community a very bad reputation and reinforcing old stereotypes.
According to the Census Bureau, in 2005 there were an estimated 42.6 Hispanics in a population of 296.4 million which is 14.4% of the population. The Census Bureau includes both legal and illegal residents in the ethnicity count. If all Hispanics were behaving as badly when it comes to alcohol and driving, something that I would find hard to believe, note that all the percentages of DWIs being committed by Hispanics from the various studies are still 2-3 times higher than the total representation of Hispanics in the population. One could then infer that the illegal alien participation is even higher. Far higher.
In any case, nobody tracks DUIs/DWIs OR accidents by resident status. As previously noted, coming up with a more accurate number is complicated by the fact that the MSM seem to go out of their way to not report residential status of the person involved in the crime or accident. Even in some of the references used in this report you will have to dig deep to find the resident status of the perpetrator. Regardless, the number is considerable and we need to ask ourselves if having 5% collateral damage for a “victimless crime” is acceptable.
If 5% is acceptable, then how about 25%?
In 2000, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a comprehensive report Unlicensed to Kill detailing the carnage being caused by unlicensed drivers. While the report did not identify if the unlicensed drivers were illegal aliens or not, it did note that of the 278,078 drivers involved in fatal crashes in the US between 1993 and 1997 some 3.7% were unlicensed, 2.7% were of unknown licensed status, and another 7.4% were driving on invalid licenses. The end result is that during the period 42,049 people were killed in crashes involving at least one driver who was unlicensed, driving on an invalid license, or with a license of unknown status. The report also notes that DUI drivers also played a significant part in the highway carnage.
As previously noted, a high percentage of illegal aliens tend to drive without licenses and fake licenses. While the number of illegal aliens involved in the 278,078 fatal crashes caused by drivers with no or improper licenses during the examined period is unknown, if just 5% of the 42,049 deaths were caused by illegal aliens that is over 2,000 American citizens killed during the five year period which is an average of 400 citizens per year. The absolute number of traffic deaths caused by illegal aliens driving without licenses is unknown, but most likely much higher than just a 5% participation rate.
In 2003, the AAA Foundation released Unlicensed to Kill – the Sequel, which goes into more detail regarding state practices. The report noted that the data showed a wide variation across states in the proportions of drivers involved in fatal crashes who lacked a valid license – from a low of 6.1% in Maine to a high of 23.1% in New Mexico. Arizona and California closely followed New Mexico. Reviewing the involvement, there is a strong correlation between the percentages and the states with higher proportions of illegal aliens, although the report does not make that link. By-the-way, regardless of residency status, both reports basically say that vehicle impoundment is the best method to prevent unlicensed drivers from killing people, as most offenders are usually arrested on prior DUIs. California also uses it to get older, more polluting vehicles off the roadway and their laws have resulted in forfeiture in approximately half the cases. Evidently in California it is OK to kill people while driving without a license but not OK to gas them with a little more pollution. The report also noted that in the vast majority of cases, an unlicensed driver with a DUI was not the owner of the vehicle.
In any case, compare the AAA’s data with the information from the East Coast in the article Harvest of death on the Eastern Shore where the participation of illegal aliens is actually noted.
As reported in a 2001 article, Cultural Impact, from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD): “…when you combine the Hispanic drinking culture with the lack of education on drunk driving prevention, you end up with tragic consequences." The article goes on, “According to research compiled by Dr. Catherine Clark of the Alcohol Policy Group in Berkeley, Calif., Hispanic drivers are more likely than Anglo drivers to consume more alcohol more frequently and have been shown to be more likely than Anglos to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level over .05 percent.” MADD’s data indicate that 42% of all traffic fatalities involved alcohol, the percentage is increasing, and Hispanics as a group are involved at a much higher rate than their portion of the population.
Is the percentage of fatalities involving alcohol increasing because of the increasing component of Hispanic illegal alien drivers? Again, nobody knows but the data would suggest it.
As noted in a Pan American Health Organization World Health Day 2004: Road Safety report:
“In the United States, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for Hispanics between the ages of 1 and 34, and the third leading cause of death for all ages surpassed only by heart disease and cancer, according to the U.S. Transportation Department's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
NHTSA also found that Hispanics are less likely to wear a seat belt. In addition, a NHTSA study said, "although Hispanic male teenagers travel fewer miles than their white counterparts, they are nearly twice as likely to die in a motor vehicle crash."
Do you suppose the tendency of Hispanics to be involved in DUI/DWIs at far greater rates might have something to do with that?
Regardless, alcohol related traffic accidents have economic costs. As noted in a 1999 NHSTA report, IMPAIRED DRIVING IN NEW MEXICO:
Alcohol is a factor in 35% of New Mexico’s crash costs. Alcohol-related crashes in New Mexico cost the public an estimated $1.2 billion in 1999, including $0.5 billion in monetary costs and almost $0.7 billion in quality of life losses. (For definitions of the cost categories, see the definitions fact sheet.) Alcohol-related crashes are deadlier and more serious than other crashes. People other than the drinking driver paid $0.7 billion of the alcohol-related crash bill.
Costs per Alcohol-Related Injury
The average alcohol-related fatality in New Mexico costs $3.4 million:
· $1.0 million in monetary costs
· $2.4 million in quality of life losses
The estimated cost per injured survivor of an alcohol-related crash averaged $98,000:
· $45,000 in monetary costs
· $53,000 in quality of life losses
According to a NHSTA press release, there were 16,885 alcohol-related fatalities in 2005. The press release notes “According to the data released today, the highest percentage of drivers in alcohol-related fatal crashes was for male drivers ages 21 to 34 (33 percent), followed by males age 35 to 44 (25 percent).
As to be expected, the NHSTA does not track fatalities by ethnicity or citizenship. Interestingly, even the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control will not even identify “Hispanics” or “illegal aliens” as part of their Impaired Driving Groups at Risk, despite overwhelming evidence of the alarmingly high risks for these two groups. They will, however, provide the fact sheet page in Spanish.
The estimates on the number of illegal aliens in the USA range from a generally accepted low of 12 million to a few estimates of 20-25 or more million. One report, Census Bureau Distortions Hide Immigration Crisis- Real Numbers Much Higher, says that the numbers may actually be far higher.
For the sake of argument I’ll use 15 million. Assuming equal automobile ownership, a straight proportional representation of illegal aliens in traffic accidents can now be estimated. Thus 15 million illegal aliens in a population of 300 million is a 5% representation level. However, as some data has suggested the actual participation may be much greater than the representation and lower automobile ownership would also increase the participation rate.
If we were to apply the 5% illegal alien representation in the population to the 16,885 alcohol related fatalities it results in 844 deaths. However, it is worth noting that Representative King states in Biting the Hand That Feeds You that illegal aliens are responsible for 4,745 deaths.
I believe Congressman King based his number on two GAO reports (d05337r and d05646r) on the percentage of incarcerated illegal aliens in the prison population, ~27%, which was then applied to the NHSTA’s numbers. Based on this estimate, illegal aliens would be responsible for about 27% of the total alcohol related deaths which means that illegal aliens are responsible for 5.4 times as many deaths as representation. Note how close that is to the participation in the limited DWI studies referenced earlier.
Whether or not illegal aliens are involved in all traffic accidents at the same rate as DWIs is unknown because NOBODY IS TRACKING IT. While there are indications that this number may be more accurate, nobody really knows because NOBODY IS TRACKING traffic accident deaths caused by foreign nationals on American soil.
In any case, the NHTSA reported that in 2004 there were 6,181,000 traffic accidents that killed 42,636 and injured 2,788,000. They also reported that the economic costs for traffic accidents in 2000 was $230.6 Billion. If illegal aliens are responsible for just 5% of it, that is 309,050 accidents, 2,132 deaths, 139,400 injuries, and a cost of $11.5 billion.
If Congressman King is correct and if illegal aliens are involved in all traffic accidents at the higher participation rate, multiply those figures by 5.4 which would result in incredible numbers.
Regardless of the actual amount, unquestionably illegal aliens are involved in traffic accidents, hit and runs, DWIs, and drunk driving deaths at rates that are far higher than their representation in the population - as much as five times greater. Even if only twice as much, I’ll let you do the math on the collateral damage and carnage being inflicted by illegal aliens.
It is worth repeating that NOBODY IS TRACKING the illegal alien component of the traffic accident carnage. This makes it impossible to do an accurate cost/benefit analysis to see if the collateral damage is worth having them here. However, there are strong indications that we are paying a horrendous cost with scores of Americans, and illegal aliens, being injured and killed on America’s highways and byways as a direct result of illegal alien drivers.
So much for a “victimless crime.”
As detailed in this section, illegal alien drivers, as a group, are probably the absolute worst drivers on the road. They are, without question, the most irresponsible.
Illegal alien drivers kill and injure far more children than alar, second hand smoke, and Mark Foley.
Which got all the press?
In tolerating illegal immigration, exactly how many Americans do YOU accept being injured and killed by illegal aliens in traffic accidents?
In accepting the collateral damage of illegal immigration, how many people can be killed by drunk-driving illegal aliens?
How many American children is it acceptable to have seriously injured, permanently maimed, and killed by grossly irresponsible illegal alien drivers to save ten cents on a head of lettuce?
In addition to the more permissive and irresponsible attitudes on drinking and driving held by many Hispanic illegal aliens, as detailed in the previous section, the Washington Post reported in a June 2002 article, In Mexico, an Unpunished Crime, there is a "machismo culture," instilled through what is learned in the home, school and church, which has allowed many men to "believe they are superior and dominant, and that women are an object." The article goes on, “when it comes to punishing sexual violence against women, surprisingly little has changed in a century. In many parts of Mexico, the penalty for stealing a cow is harsher than the punishment for rape.”
As reported in a VDARE article, Mexican Sexual Diversity:
“…the social status of women in some rural areas is not much better than the Taliban level, where females have no civil rights and are essentially slaves for men. As an example, a kind of kidnap-for-sex custom remains legal in Oaxaca, a southern state of Mexico. In “Oaxaca last summer, the one-year-old, government-funded Oaxacan Women’s Institute persuaded the legislature to pass heavy criminal penalties against a practice known as ‘rapto.’ Laws in most Mexican states define rapto as a case where a man kidnaps a woman not for ransom, but with the intent of marrying her or to satisfy his “erotic sexual desire.” The new law championed by the women’s group established penalties of at least 10 years in prison. But in March, the state legislature reversed itself and again made the practice a minor infraction. A key legislator - a man - argued for the reduction, calling the practice harmless and ‘romantic.”
As noted by Deborah Schurman-Kauflin, Ph.D. of the Violent Crimes Institute in Importing Violence: The Danger of Immigration from Violent Cultures:
“Over the past several years, the U.S. has seen a large influx of immigrants, both legal and illegal, from countries whose values are opposed to the rights guaranteed by the U.S. constitution. Specifically, there are large numbers of immigrants coming from countries that are misogynistic. These societies accord women little to no rights, and the idea of violence committed by men against women and children is not unusual.
…The fact is that South American male attitudes toward females are often archaic and misogynistic. Thus it is not surprising that the U.S. is seeing more attacks against women and little girls committed by these immigrants. In August 2005, illegal immigrant Jose Ramirez from El Salvador was charged with the violent attack of a 15 year old girl who refused to respond when he whistled at her (Roh, 2005).
Perhaps such primitive behavior stems from the homeland culture. El Salvador and Guatemala have had a string of unsolved brutal murders where young females have been abducted and cut apart. Authorities have found body parts, including heads scattered around. In one instance, two female heads were deposited right in front of a local police station, blood still oozing from the severed heads (Miles, 2003). Gangs are suspected in these crimes as it is often part of their initiation to kill.
If you are not yet disgusted, you will be. Not only are criminal immigrants coming from cultures that are misogynistic, but they are changing U.S. culture in response to their sickness. Many illegal aliens join violent gangs which take over neighborhoods and terrorize innocent citizens. These gangs are highly organized with tentacles spread through several countries. The mantra of the deadly MS13 gang is: blood in, blood out. And the chilling effects of the illegal aliens participation in these gangs are very far reaching. For example, on December 19, 2002, Victor Cruz, Jose Hernandez, Armando Juvenal, and Carlos Rodriguez were involved with the drawn out gang rape of an unsuspecting 42 year old New York woman.”
The “machismo culture” is not just a Mexican attribute. As noted in Violence against women in South Asian countries:
“Rigid cultures and patriarchal attitudes which devalue the role of women, result in the wide spread occurrence of violence against women. The family structure, in which the man is the undisputed ruler of the household, and activities within the family are seen as private, allows violence to occur at home. As well as traditional forms of violence such as wife-battering and sexual assault, women in these countries are also exposed to dowry crimes such as bride burning, kidnapping for the purposes of prostitution, and “honor killings.” Laws permit discrimination against women and discourage reporting of violent acts.”
Is this the attitude we want to be importing into the USA to save ten cents on a head of lettuce?
For detailed descriptions of just some of the crimes committed by illegal aliens, often due to the machismo culture, go back up to the SEXUAL CRIMES section and start clicking on the links or see Immigrations Human Cost, Victims of Illegal Aliens and Read This.
Connect the dots.
As previously noted in The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One Million Sex Crimes Committed by Illegal Immigrants in the United States, by researcher Deborah Schurman-Kauflin, the illegal alien population contains a higher percentage of sex offenders. Allowing illegal aliens to wantonly violate our sovereignty resulted in an estimated 960,000 victims of sex crimes in the 88 months examined in the study. That is 10,909 per month or about 364 per day. Does that sound like a victimless crime? How many more children must be abused or women raped before we say enough is enough? We have enough home grown degenerates and perverts in the US without allowing illegal aliens to simply walk in with their machismo attitudes and prey on American women and children.
For an interesting insight into the sexism embedded in the Mexican culture, see “Violated Twice:” Mexican Rape Victims are Regularly Denied Abortions which notes:
“The group (Las Libres, a Guanajato women’s rights group), also works to combat the overall sexism and impunity that usually allows rapists to escape unpunished and puts women through a “second rape” if they try to report the crime and receive medical treatment or an abortion.
“They say women are liars and are inventing the rape to get an abortion,” said Cruz. “Or they say they invited the rape, that they’re easy. They say how were you dressed, did you like him or not. In Mexico women are treated as sexual objects, not people. If a woman is walking alone in the street, anyone can insult her or touch her body. Even in her own house, she can be raped and abused.”
…Though there are no reliable statistics, rape is thought to be exceedingly common in Mexico. It is estimated that at most, one in 10 victims report the crime. Government officials have reported an estimated incidence of about 120,000 to 130,000 rapes per year; but Marianne Mollmann, the women’s rights advocacy director for Human Rights Watch, said the real number is probably closer to one million.
In many states sex with a minor is only a crime if the child is “honest” and “chaste,” and in many states the age of consent is 12, 13, 14 or “at puberty” regardless of age. And the criminalizing of incest victims means that incest cases are rarely prosecuted. In 2005, for example, the state of Guanajato investigated a woman for incest after her father, who had been molesting her since age six, reported her to authorities. The woman’s husband told Human Rights Watch that the local public prosecutor threatened to arrest his wife on incest charges.
Women generally have little control of their bodies and sexuality; they are expected to submit unquestioningly to their husbands’ sexual demands. In 1994, the Supreme Court ruled that men could force their wives to have sex for the purpose of procreation. This ruling wasn’t overturned until 2005.”
Anybody see anything from NOW on this aspect of illegal immigration?
Unfortunately, the machismo attitudes and being in the country illegally breeds even more crime within the illegal alien community. As noted in a September 2005 AP story by Amanda Keim, Abused immigrants don't know about legal remedies:
“Maria never saw her husband explode until their wedding night, when he got angry at a guest and kicked a door. Five years later, he was pointing a gun at her head, threatening to shoot their two young children and saying he would harm Maria's family if she reported him.
Then the rapes began. Maria was too afraid to report the abuse to the police. As an undocumented immigrant living in southern Arizona, she lived in fear that she would be deported if she made any contact with authorities.
Maria isn't alone. Untold numbers of immigrant women across the country suffer at the hands of husbands who know their immigrant spouses are terrified of being forced to leave the country and exploit that fear to continue the abuse.
…Spouses who are in the United States legally often use immigration status as a control tactic to keep victims from reporting abuse, said Montserrat Caballero, program director for Su Voz Vale, Spanish for Your Voice Counts, a bilingual and bicultural program in the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault. The program offers therapy, crisis intervention and referral services primarily to Latina assault victims.
…in abusive situations, the spouse will often threaten to cancel immigration papers and report the immigrant or her family to authorities, said Seattle attorney Ann Benson, director of the Washington Defender Association's Immigration Project, a program to advance immigrants' rights.
"They're essentially held hostage in this marriage because of their immigration status," Benson said. "Their abusive spouses kept green cards from them to wield control."
…"What is a woman going to do if she reports an abusive partner and has nowhere to go? She's not going to report it," she said.”
Is this the attitude we want in immigrants coming to America? Or are we going to wait until it gets as bad as In Juarez murders, progress but few answers where over 400 Mexican women have been abducted, raped and murdered? The article points out:
“The only thing certain in the case seems to be the victim profile. The majority of the victims are under 18, a handful between the ages of one and four. Two-thirds are students, domestic or factory workers from poor backgrounds.
…Another common factor is that many of the young women were kidnapped and subjected to brutal sexual violence before being killed. Amnesty International estimates that at least 139 of the more than 400 of the victims were sexually assaulted, often "beyond the act of rape."
The injuries include bite-marks, stab wounds, and other types of mutilation and beatings. The cause of death in more than 70 percent was either asphyxia resulting from strangulation or injuries caused by blows.
…the situation in Ciudad Juarez, which has also spread to neighboring Chihuahua, is emblematic of the general violence against women that undermines human rights protection throughout Mexico.
…There has been a tendency since early in the investigation to blame the victims, says Carmona, referring to public comments made by several members of the Chihuahua state police and to the general lack of protection for women who are victims of violence. It was only in 1997 that the Mexican government updated the civil and criminal code to bring penalties for crimes related to family violence and rape in line with international standards. Laws against domestic violence exist in only eight of the country's 31 states, among which there is no uniformity.”
As noted in a News 14 Carolina report, Culture might be factor in sexual abuse:
“A recently released report compiled by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department showed there has been a 50 percent increase in sexual assault among the local Hispanic population. But experts say part of that might be attributed to cultural differences.
In many Hispanic cultures, it is acceptable for men to engage in sexual activity with younger women, says Dr. Elizabeth Peterson-Vita, who is speaking this week at a mental health conference in Charlotte. She is focusing on cultural differences concerning North Carolina's growing Hispanic community.
"We always have to look at cultural norms, and if people are coming from other areas and different cultures, we have to understand the culture that they've come from and the ideas they have, which may not be synonymous with American culture and law," she said.
Such culture clashes are to be expected when there is such a large influx of immigrants, social workers say. "As the Latino population in Charlotte and North Carolina continues to burgeon, there's going to be all sorts of things that come along with that," said Lynn Bradley Hiltz of Hope Haven.
Those things will require education on what is culturally acceptable and what is illegal, experts say.” (emphasis added)
Notice the dismissal of the crimes by the social workers? Evidently we need to understand and accept their cultural differences and then educate Hispanic illegal aliens that molestation, rape, and murder is a “no-no.” What happened to all the good Hispanic and Catholic values?
Heather MacDonald further notes in Hispanic Family Values? that runaway illegitimacy is creating a new U.S. underclass and that:
“Conservatives who support open borders are fond of invoking “Hispanic family values” as a benefit of unlimited Hispanic immigration. Marriage is clearly no longer one of those family values. But other kinds of traditional Hispanic values have survived - not all of them necessarily ideal in a modern economy, however. One of them is the importance of having children early and often. “It’s considered almost a badge of honor for a young girl to have a baby,” says Peggy Schulze of Chrysalis House, an adoption agency in Fresno. (Fresno has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in California, typical of the state’s heavily Hispanic farm districts.).”Unfortunately, another troubling aspect of Hispanic culture that has terrible and long lasting consequences is illegitimacy.
As noted in an article by Heather MacDonald, Seeing Today’s Immigrants Straight, “Half of all children born to Hispanic Americans in 2002 were illegitimate, twice the rate for American whites and 42 percent higher than the overall American rate. The (illegitimate) birthrate for Hispanic teens is higher than that for Black teens. In Santa Ana, California, which has the highest proportion of people who speak Spanish at home of any large U.S. city - 74 percent - the teen birthrate was twice the national teen average in 2000. This predilection for out-of-wedlock childbearing among Hispanics cannot be blamed solely on corrosive American culture, since the illegitimacy rate for foreign-born Hispanics is 40 percent. The illegitimacy rate in Mexico is 38 percent; in El Salvador, it is 72 percent.”
This trend is also noted in New Study Says Unwed Latina Moms Less Likely to Marry where it is reported:
“In a newly released study by a Cornell University researcher, unwed mothers were found to be less likely than other women to improve their lives financially through marriage.
In fact, while white and Black unwed mothers were 30 percent less likely to marry than other women, unwed Latina mothers were 56 percent less likely to marry than single childless women.
We can probably attribute that huge discrepancy to cultural shame where no macho man would marry a woman who had children by another hombre, but that same macho man has no problem living with the woman and being "daddy" to her children, at least in name.”
How much of the illegitimacy is a result of rapes and the “machisimo attitude” is unknown but the permissive cultural attitudes greatly contribute to the problem.
The US is a nation of laws and most Americans respect the rule of law. However, this is in direct contrast to Mexico and most third world countries where endemic corruption permeates the society, bribery is a way of life, drug cartels control and run things, illegitimacy is an accepted norm, women are but sexual objects, and individuals operate in a “survivor” and “machismo” mentality.
The perpetrators with these attitudes are the ones coming into the United States and committing so many of the sexual crimes detailed in a previous section.
As noted in an article by Frosty Wooldridge, Spiral of Immigrant Corruption in America:
"Corruption becomes a mechanism by which Third World societies operate,” Heath Boatwright said. "When you immigrate millions of them illegally into the United States, you create exactly the same lawlessness in our country. They feel at home because so many of their countrymen break the law with fellow illegal aliens that it is a normal, continuance of their behavior in our civilization.”
Such attitudes only bred more “victimless” crime and are more collateral damage to save ten cents on a head of lettuce.