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05-25-2010, 10:51 AM
State Rep. in accident with suspected illegal immigrant

Updated: Sunday, 23 May 2010, 2:38 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 21 May 2010, 7:04 PM EDT

Joe Battenfeld
FOX25 Political Editor

BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) - A serious car crash involving a local lawmaker and a suspected illegal immigrant is threatening to reignite already heated debates about immigration on Beacon Hill, according to police reports obtained by FOX25.

State Rep. Mike Moran of Brighton was rear-ended by a suspected illegal immigrant this week. The suspect was wearing a Mexican costume at the time of the crash where he slammed into Moran at 60 mph.

The suspect, 27-year-old Isaias Naranjo, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident and driving without a valid license. According to the report, when told of the serious charges he would be facing, he just laughed.

But because of action taken by Gov. Deval Patrick, state police were unable to notify immigration authorities that Naranjo might be illegal.

Three years ago, Patrick revoked an order by former governor Mitt Romney which gave state police power to investigate immigration violations.

The governor's aides are defending the measure, saying the department of correction can still pursue the violation.

I understand why the politico doesn't care - he gets a new car instantly and his aides deal with the repairs, insurance, etc. Having had this happen to me - twice - I can assure all politicians that few things are more frustrating than having your only transportation wrecked and then finding out that the drunken perp has no insurance, no assets, and will only do a few days in jail before skipping out on his bond and returning to Mexico for a few months. :mad:

Fox - Boston (http://www.myfoxboston.com/dpp/news/politics/local_politics/state-rep-in-accident-with-suspected-illegal-immigrant-20100521)