North Carolina DWI Death Prompts Proposal for Tracking Illegal Immigrants

By Associated Press,, August 15, 2005

GASTONIA, North Carolina (AP) -- Reacting to the death of a North Carolina man in drunken driving accident involving an illegal immigrant, U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick on Monday unveiled a proposal that she said would make local police more responsible for tracking illegal immigrants.

Myrick named the "Scott Gardner Act" after the man killed in an apparent drunken driving wreck July 16 in Brunswick County. Ramiro Gallegos of Mexico, convicted of driving while intoxicated three times but never deported, faces second-degree murder charges in the wreck....

Officials would also have to enter all driving while impaired convictions into the database....

"No more excuses," Myrick said. "No more endless appeals. You're drunk. You're driving. You're illegal. You're deported. Period."

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