Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) released the following statement today in response to the fatal drunken-driving accident caused by an illegal Bolivian national in Prince William County, Virginia that killed Sister Denise Mosier and injured two others:

How many lives have to be lost at the hands of people illegally in our country before our federal government takes action? Governments first duty is to protect its citizens and they continue to ignore the problems of illegal immigration and a wide-open border. As a result, American people are continuing to be the victims of crimes committed by people that should not be here in the first place. This criminal had already been identified as an illegal, arrested for two prior DUIs, yet the federal government let him go. This is not justice. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Sister Mosier.

On Monday, 23-year old Bolivian national Carlos Montano, was charged with killing a 66-year old Catholic Nun and injuring two others in an automobile accident Sunday morning in Prince William County Virginia. Authorities have reported that Montano is illegally in the United States and has a record of previous motor vehicle violations, including two previous DUIs, where he, according to court records, served 20 days in jail.

Montano was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after an arrest in 2008. However, he was released after agreeing to appear at a deportation hearing. Due to backlog, his hearing has yet to occur. He has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and drunken-driving, his third offense in five years. Higher-level homicide charges are pending.

Congressman Poe served as a judge and prosecutor in Houston, Texas, for 30 years. He currently serves on the Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security; a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs; and serves as an Executive Member of the Immigration Reform Caucus.