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senate Bill S. 51

Taking Action Against Drunk Drivers Act

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      senate Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedJanuary 5th, 2017

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    Introduced in Senate
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    Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedJanuary 5th, 2017
    It feels a bit unfair for immigrants to be held to higher standards than others for habitual drunk driving.
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    I've seen too many people with a decades-old DUI conviction, and clean records ever since then, be placed in deportation proceedings, even though they have stable lives and work here and are supporting families and paying taxes. Deporting them does nothing but tear families apart and weaken communities.
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    Habitual drunk drivers don't stop. And anyone who is here illegally and endangers public safety in any way has got to go.
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    I generally agree with this although it seems unwieldy. How do you define habitual especially for offenses committed in a foreign country. And what are the annual projected cost of enforcing this bill if passed?
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    Detention for a DUI? I get the habitual drunkenness part, but they should be treated the same as you or I for DUI, nit less than because of their citizenship status...
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    It would be too hard to keep accountable
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    This can only result in racial profiling. Drunk driving is an overwhelmingly white crime, the undocumented alien part is an open invitation for cops to be racist
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    We should be holding our own citizens to the standards that this Senator wants to hold immigrants.
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    I oppose this bill. Immigrants are typically not the problem when it comes to DUI. This is a thinly-veiled attempt to harass immigrants.
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    The laws a restrict enough as they are against drunk driving. Many immigrants who are arrested for driving drunk end up being deported. This should not be Congress's focus.
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    They do not give a damn. The thinking is to run to Mexico wait and come back under a new name. That's why we need biometric data and a box on investigative forms to signify an illegal alien.
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    I concur with other comments here, that while DUIs should not be condoned, this is not-so subtle attempt at anti-immigration legislation.
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    I saw an immigrant friend be incarcerated for years put on a 13 year probation and be unmercifully abused by both judges and probation officers over a dui for driving down the block from bar to home. It was the most flagrant abuse of power I have ever personally witnessed.
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