October 17, 2005

Bush Lied, Grandma Fried

Via ABC News:

The driver of a bus that caught fire while carrying nursing-home patients fleeing Hurricane Rita was charged Monday with criminally negligent homicide in the deaths of 23 passengers.

Juan Robles Gutierrez, a 37-year-old Mexican citizen, was taken into federal custody on an immigration violation five days after the Sept. 23 explosion near Dallas...

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...Sheriff Lupe Valdez said investigators also found no evidence that Robles helped several people off the bus before it was engulfed in flames, which was widely reported after the explosion.

"After an exhausting number of interviews, we have been unable to confirm any of those claims," Valdez said in a statement.

However, Peritz said a failure to help crash victims was not part of the charges against Robles.


It makes you wish that the Minutemen, or more properly the Border Patrol, had been their to intercept this coward at the border instead of not picking him up until he after stood by and watch 23 elderly people in his charge burn to death.

Perhaps if the President gave a damn about border security, this loser wouldn't have been behind the wheel, or the motorist who tried to flag him down before the bus caught fire might have been able to communicate with him. Possibly not.

I've had it up to here with illegals in this country, those businesses that employ and them, and enablers in the government (local, state and federal) like President Bush. This issue only gets more pressing as time goes on, and these 23 nursing home residetns are just the latest victims.

Are you listening, '08 hopefuls?

Posted by Confederate Yankee at October 17, 2005 06:28 PM | TrackBack

I agree that Bush is woefully lax on the border security issue. However, there is nothing in this article to indicate that the driver's status as an illegal had anything to do with the explosion or the deaths.

Posted by: Hank at October 17, 2005 11:01 PM

Hank, you are correct in that it did not have any direct cause -- to the best of my knowledge, buses don't explode because of a driver's immigration status -- but one has to wonder if his status as an illegal was held over his head to drive a bus that was in such a state of disrepair.

I would not be suprised to discover that this bus company has a long record of bad maintenance and illegal hires.

Posted by: Confederate Yankee at October 18, 2005 12:08 AM

CY: I'm with you in being fed up about the lack of interest on President Bush's part to even attempt to control let alone secure our borders. You are also right in asking the '08 hopefuls to take note. It MUST be an issue in the '08 election. We cannot continue to allow our sovereignty to be challenged by illegal aliens. The unintended consequences are becoming unbearable.

You’re spot on about illegals being in a very precarious position that enables unscrupulous people to intimidate them into doing things lawful citizens probably wouldn’t (do). It is past time for our government to enforce our national immigration laws. Legal immigrants are welcomed; illegals should be summarily rounded up an deported to whence they came.

Stay with it; we’ve got to make this THE conservative issue for ’08. We cannot afford to be usurped by the liberals on this issue.

Posted by: Old Soldier at October 18, 2005 07:34 AM

I don't know if there is any truth to this but I have heard that this bus had been out of service for months and could not pass DOT inspection and yet FEMA told the bus company to put it in service to aid in evacuation.

Posted by: Allen at October 18, 2005 01:26 PM

I suppose Bush hired the guy to drive the bus too. Hey, I live in Texas and the Mexican border was leaking badly a long time before Bush was president. Where you think the name 'wetback' came from?

Posted by: docdave at October 18, 2005 06:33 PM