An illegal alien who has already been deported 11 times was arrested Tuesday on charges of drug possession with intent to distribute, the office of Pinal County, AZ Sheriff Paul Babeu reported today.
Daniel Jupa-Fino and his passenger allegedly fled on foot from his vehicle - carrying 220 pounds of marijuana with at street value of 165,000 - when a deputy pulled him over for a routine traffic violation. When police caught up with Jupa-Fino, he fought with them before being taken into custody.
Jupa-Fino had previously been deported 11 times, Border Patrol officials told the Pinal County sheriff's office after running a check on him.
"This is yet more dramatic evidence that our border is not secure - putting citizens and the country at needless risk. Unfortunately, the Gang of Eight's amnesty-first framework guarantees that the border will remain insecure," a GOP Senate aide told CNSNews.com.
Sheriff Babeu echoed the sentiment, warning Americans of the dangers of the Senate "Gang of Eight" immigration bill:
"These criminal illegals smuggled marijuana into the United States and when stopped they both fled from law enforcement. The driver of the vehicle who has already been deported 11 prior times physically fought with deputies.
"Meanwhile, the Obama Administration and Gang of 8 is making plans for Green Cards and a path to citizenship for 11-20 million illegals. We must enforce the law and secure the border prior to any discussion of immigration reform."
As CNSNews.com previously reported, the Senate immigration bill as it currently stands will allow an illegal alien with two convictions "for driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated" to be granted legal status in this country.
If the alien is not then convicted of a third DUI after passage of the bill and before he is naturalized, he will remain eligible to eventually become a U.S. citizen.
And, even if an alien has been convicted of three or more DUIs, the bill allows the secretary of homeland security to waive the 2-DUI limit for illegal aliens seeking legalization if she believes it is "for humanitarian purposes, to ensure family unity, or if such a waiver is otherwise in the public interest."