Illegal immigrants involved in fatal crashes may face higher bail

Brian Haas
The Tennessean
February 14, 2012

A Republican lawmaker wants higher bails set for illegal immigrants involved in serious injury or fatal crashes.

A bill proposed by state Rep. Joe Carr of Lascassas would lead to higher bail amounts for illegal immigrants in those situations by automatically treating them as a flight risk — making it harder to bond out before trial.

Carr said the bill follows his philosophy of tackling illegal immigration one issue at a time, something he says the state should do to “de-magnetize itself from the dependency illegals have on state services and the fact that they feel like they’re welcome here.”

“They’re not welcome in Tennessee,” he said.

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