Fatal DWI Offender May Be In Country Illegally

ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – An Arlington man who police arrested for driving while intoxicated during a fatal wreck in Grand Prairie Friday may be in this country illegally, despite having two prior DWI convictions.

Gustavo Camacho served time for a 2010 DWI incident. Now, customs officers have a federal hold on him at the Dallas County Jail. But why now and not sooner?

“Local law enforcement, they don’t have the power to drive someone to the border and kick them out of the country,” said labor and immigration attorney Brett Myers. “That’s an issue for the federal authorities.”

Myers said even two prior convictions wouldn’t have automatically triggered federal involvement.

“What the federal law enforcement agencies are looking for are crimes involving violence, rape, murder, or robbery,” or a conviction in a murky area known as moral turpitude, he said.

In an e-mail to CBS 11 News speaking of Camacho, Immigration and Customs said, in part, “if this inmate is released for any reason he will be released to ICE custody. Before this recent arrest, ICE had not encountered Camacho previously.”

Myers senses a national demand for change and a harder stand on drunken driving.

“What we’re seeing now is a movement towards classifying those DWIs that involve significant bodily injury as being a crime of violence,” the lawyer said.

Meanwhile, the Texas Department of Transportation says the incident underscores the need for all drivers to be aware in construction zones.

Friday’s tragic accident was a rear-end, chain reaction wreck caused when Camacho’s car apparently hit vehicles that had slowed for construction.

“This is a problem and we have a lot of work zones in the Dallas district,” said Cynthia Northrop White, a TxDOT spokeswoman.

One in every three work zone accidents is a rear ender, she said.

“In 2009 out of the 108 fatalities we had, 40 of them were alcohol-related,” White said.

She says drivers distracted by conversations, smart phones or changing radio stations aren’t aware of the danger they may be causing, and other drivers should immediately show down when they see the orange cones and barricades.

“When you’re coming up against a work zone anyway you need to pay attention,” she said. “You need to plan ahead and you need to be aware because there’s activity there, the lanes could be narrower.”


One Comment

  1. wuzmoo says:

    lol, now why does this come as no surprise lol.


  2. jimmy says:

    How is it that 12 of the 9/11 terrorists could live for 2 weeks just 2 miles from NSA head quarters in Maryland.
    This after several of them had taken flight simulator lessons on Jumbo jet trainers and several of them where on State department terror watch lists.
    There is evidence that employees from DoD, CIA and DOJ accepted bribes from Al Quida.
    If DoJ and DoD employees where more concerned with doing their jobs than enriching themselves by stealing from suspects and taking bribes, then there might have been more a chance that 9/11 had never happened.
    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close bad cases.

    1. fred says:


  3. 3Times says:

    I bet he voted straight Democrat ticket every time. No ID required to do that.

    1. Diana Wilson says:

      I’ve had it with these Latinos (Any South American)! I grew up on the border and I can tell you they don’t think American Laws pertain to them. The men have a totally “Macho” mentality. The women and men think they don’t have to adhere to Americans in general. They do what they want, when they want to and to hell with us. Talk about having no manners!!??

      I’m sick of looking at trash thrown everywhere, almost getting killed by slow entering Latino drivers who won’t adapt here, paying for bi-lingual teachers because they will no longer learn English to come here and watching them get jobs, health benefits, food stamps, medicare and medicaid. They didn’t pay for any of it. It’s been our backs to do this. They don’t pay many taxes if at all.

      I had a guy working around here for a contractor I hired. I asked him why he didn’t get his green card. His response: “Because I dont’ want to pay taxes.” He’s had numerous tickets for speeding, no insurance, wrecks…you name it and all he does is go to court and the Judge allows him to pay off his fines @ $100.00 per month. You can’t hire anyone around here without them having illegals working for them to earn their paychecks.

      Really, really, fed up!!

      1. Bill Haley says:

        You left out the splendid third world customs they bring to our country; the beer drinking in the street by their pickups, the public urination in broad daylight, their ill kept yards and dogs, their general inability to adapt. It has gotten way out of hand!

  4. FedUpTxn says:

    Another fine illegal coming soon to wreack havoc on a neighborhood near you. When will citizens get off their couch and let their representatives know we’ve had ENOUGH?

  5. DrDeath says:

    He is illegal??? NO WAY!!!!! Oh wait, hispanic, three DWI now he killed someone. Let’s see, I am going to pay all his court costs, his prison term, his numerous iillegal babies for the rest of their lives. Why??? Because we have a leader in this country that is also illegal…GET THEM OUT IN TWO YEARS!!!!!!

    1. Jal says:

      I cant believe all these illegals that came here since Obama got elected…..

      1. fred says:

        really, you keeping track, if you have a list, give it to the feds so they can get these folks.

      2. FedUpTxn says:

        Jal you are a fool if you think this is an Obama issue. This started a decade ago under Republicans. GWB has a Hispanic sister-in-law. This is NOT a race issue, it is NOT a Republican vs Democrat issue, it is a NATIONAL CRIME and FINANCIAL RUIN issue! Check crime statistics and it will turn your head around with all the Hispanic names! Google “Garland Open Warrants” and look at the names, that’s just a start. Other states and cities are the same. The FBI has a list that shows the majority of wanted violent criminals are from south of the border with multiple ID. There used to be a $25 per head reward paid to Americans to turn in illegals and Clinton did away with it. Bring that back and see how fast they disappear! NO AMNESTY NO WAY! Citizens MUST let their representatives KNOW we are FED UP and will NOT vote for anyone who does NOT take a stand on this issue!

  6. sick of corruption says:

    We have become a country with no spine. This is what WE HAVE ALLOWED to happen to this once great nation. We are quickly devolving into a third world country and we continue to allow it to happen. We continue to pay for the anchor babies being born at Parkland, we continue to allow them to drive without a license, we continue to print everything in spanish – even the ballots at our elections. WAKE UP AMERICA! Any politician that does not support the legal citizens of this country but votes against us in Austin and in Washington needs to be voted out as quickly as possible.

  7. Cherokee says:

    I believe that we are a nation that has always welcomed people to experience the life that Americans experience everyday with our freedoms. It is now becoming close to the time that we should bring our troops home and stop the influx of illegal immigration, drug flow, and terrorists that infiltrate our borders. With the amount of troops we have in the “hot-zones” of the world we could really make an impact on the “hot-zones” bordering our country. I am not only talking about the ground borders in our southwest but also the inland seas along California and the Gulf Coast. I know there are major problems in the mideast and other countries in that area. We have been able to contain them before without so many troops being deployed in those areas. It is time for Russia, China, and some other previous enemies to step up and use their assets instead of trying to monitor and negotiate. I am tired of our young men{heroes} giving their lives on foreign soil when there is blood on our American soil spilled from our citizens. I have never been an isolationist but I am getting closer to seeing a nation that is the USA, Canada, and, possibly, Mexico after we combine our efforts with the government of Mexico to stop the criminal influx from that region. Something has to happen soon. What is happening now is not working. I am old but my children are not deserving what is happening to our country. They will really suffer. This is not Viet Nam. This is each and every state in our country. It is sad that we have evolved to the state that our America is about to fail. So many people, men and women, have given their lives for our country and now it is deteriorating into a joke across the world. It hurts to say this but it is true. Check your congress. You can not pass a bill for improvement in healthcare, environmental improvement, enforcement of our borders, without tacking on other amendments for changing light bulbs on a street or tax help for a failing candy company in some small community. I really do not understand the down turn of the people who govern us. The senators and representatives can get elected for one term and receive a lucrative retirement for the rest of their lives. It does not matter the age of the person or the term, or terms, they served. I had to work for a very long time for a national company to receive a good pension. However, the cost of the health insurance is approximately 45% of this amount. It gave me a good wake up call to know that I could not survive in this manner even though I had really abused my body at Fedex to do my job. I am now looking for another job that I can do that pays more than $7.50 per hour. This has been difficult to find. Would it be different if I did not have to compete against someone without citizenship expecting less. I just think that the drugs, murders, gang killings, thefts, and other crimes would decrease if we protected our soils and citizens. Fortify our society, protect our borders, invite the criminal element to try to infiltrate our fortress. We use oil, we have many avenues within our country and seas to extract it. If we do not have sufficient amounts, I am sure that the other countries will sell it to us to complete the amount we need. I really don’t think the prices of oil will be so severe if we keep the oil within our boundaries for us. I really believe the price will decrease worldwide and just maybe other resources will yield our needs. Enough. These are my opinions and I just had to get it off my chest.

  8. Cherokee says:

    Don’t get me wrong about legal people in our country. My wife and I keep a little boy of Hispanic heritage. His parents are legal and his mother even works in our local police department and has for many years. This little one is my little buddy and I love him very much. There are very few people still more prejudice than people from the South and East Texas. I was born in East Texas and still love it. However, I love this little boy like he is a grandson. I don’t care if his skin is a little darker than mine since I am part Cherokee. To be honest, I would love him just as much if he was illegal but he is not. He is an American citizen born to American citizens. This is not race against race. It is citizen against illegals, it is American against non-American. It is legal against what is totally against the law and hurting our society more that people know. I love my little Hispanic man. Bring our troops home so they can protect him. Let our troops form an alliance with Canada and Mexico to form an alliance that any terrorist will see as a challenge but realize that we already are ready for that threat.

  9. darrell says:

    he dont need to be deported now. he needs to just be taken over to the side of the road, shot in the head and left to die in the heat.
    this is the kind of government obama and the liberal left gets you. a lot of pain, a lot of expense, and a whole lot of nothing in return.

    1. Nik says:

      This is the same kind of government enforcement that there was before Obama. Try to stay on topic and think before you type.

      1. darrell says:

        your right, the left has controlled congress since 2006. they lost the house in 2010. but the left got us here and that is part of the topic.

  10. bodegabayjoan says:

    F#&% him, F#%& Mexico and F#%& our chickenS#%& politiciand who wimp out and refuse to take a stand against this invaision.
    DO SOMETHING AMERICA…..before this country is just another third world trash pile!!!!

    1. fred says:

      too, late…the trash pile started building as the greed increased during the 50’s as long as govement allows ramapant greed with unchecked laws on the books republican business leaders will outsource the entire country in the under the name of capatilisim.

  11. Rick McDaniel says:

    Illegals have been responsible for much of the crime in the metro area.

    Of course, we have to be politically correct, so we choose to ignore the facts.

    1. RussP says:

      Just looked up Texas stats for 2009 (last year available).

      Of 1,205,000 total arrests, 445,000 (40%) were hispanic and 302,000 (25%) were black with whites and others making up the remaining 35% yet whites are 70% of the population, blacks only 12% and hispanics 38%. The numbers add to more than 100% because hispanics are also counted by race. What the numbers do show is that the hispanic arrest rate matches their population numbers, the blkack rate is twice what their population says it should be and whites are half what they should be. No mention is made of legal status of the hispanics.

      I’ll let the sociologists out there tell us the reasons. The rest of us can draw our own conclusions about where the problems lie.

  12. Hemroidious says:

    I just can’t believe it.

  13. RussP says:

    Of course he could be illegal and still have two DWI convictions. Every time a state tries to pass laws where local police can deal with illegals; liberals scream “it’s a federal issue and can’t be enforced locally”. Here is the result of that mentality. Any law enforcment officer should be required to deal with anyone breaking any law on any level.

  14. wildemanne says:

    its all because the wealthy hire illeagels they work for much less and deprive Honest CITIZENS of EMPLOYMENT, i guess we need to deport millionaires too thet would be just about as effective as getting rid of illeagels

  15. Noah Webster says:

    Can ANY of you functionally illiterate morons spell? Seriously.

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