August 5th, 2010
08:30 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Nun’s death spurs Virginia immigration crackdown

Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

Tonight on 360°, we’ll take you to a new front in the immigration battle: Virginia. The state’s attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli, is following Arizona's get tough approach. He's cracking down after a deadly car crash involving three nuns and an illegal immigrant who was drunk. Cuccinelli says the feds dropped the ball by not deporting the Bolivian man who had a history of drunken driving and other infractions. But critics say the AG is show-boating. We’ll let you decide.

Outspoken atheist Christopher Hitchens, author of “God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything”, wrote about his recent diagnosis of esophageal cancer in the September issue of Vanity Fair. Tonight, in a candid and revealing interview, he talks to Anderson about whether the diagnosis – and its poor prognosis - has changed his views about God. Prayer groups are praying for his recovery. How does he feel about that?

New 911 tapes from the shootings in Hartford, Connecticut were released today – and this time we hear the shooter talking. Omar Thornton, who killed eight co-workers, called 911 shortly before turning a gun on himself. Tonight you’ll hear what he told the dispatcher.

And, if you’re a Facebook fanatic, you need to see Randi Kaye’s report about how Facebook has made it easier for criminals to find victims. See what happened to one unsuspecting couple.

See you at 10 p.m. eastern.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Mark

    I'm hispanic but regardless of race color or legal status the drunk driver could have been anyone, white, black Hispanic, legal illegal the point is this person was driving drunk.. So should this be a crackdown on immigration or should we be cracking down on drunk driving??? Would this have sparked an immigration outrage if the man was a legal American.. Can anyone answer that??

    August 6, 2010 at 2:09 am |
  2. J.R. Perez

    How is it that these politicians get away with such blatant racism? Europeans came over with no legal status and nearly wiped out an entire civilization. They then create laws that put them in power. This is simply a struggle to keep those of European ancestry in power! This one issue is used as an excuse for unfair policy making.

    August 6, 2010 at 1:28 am |
  3. Jim - Missouri

    Immigration, Please, lets stay focused on the issue. Illegal immigrants, yes there will be certain ethnic backgrounds checked,,,,,,DUH , If your in Arizona, the problem comes from the southern boarder. It shouldnt take a rocket scientist to figure it out.

    August 6, 2010 at 1:18 am |
  4. Annie Kate

    If we are going to get tough on illegals driving drunk, lets not forget that US citizens also do it and we should get tough with them too.

    I am sorry that Christopher Hitchens has esophageal cancer; I had a co-worker who died of that a few years ago. It was pretty bad and I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. I hope his goes better and that he finds some peace in the experience.

    August 6, 2010 at 1:11 am |
  5. anna

    The American people have become complacent over the years. We have allowed politicians to feed us empty promises, and where has it led our country. The people who rant and rave about the actions of the state of Arizona are just afraid to take a stand to fix a long and agonizing problem that has phased America for generations. If our politicians are not going to fulfill there promises, it is up to us, we the people to voice our opinions and persue action. It should not take a tragic accident of innocent lives to finally take action. The politicans only stand by the majority to please the cencus of those who posses the funds to fund their party and relection to office. Not to solve the issues that plegue America.

    August 5, 2010 at 11:33 pm |
  6. M. Yarnell

    Good reporting on the VA traffic death caused by the Bolivian. But what of the 35-40,000 deaths every year on US roads, over 1/2 involving alcohol? How many (what %) involve illegal immigrats, either as the party at fault, or the victim?

    August 5, 2010 at 11:16 pm |
  7. bert c

    Why this habitual DUI offender was not in jail in VA where he belonged in the first place? Now after they goofed, politicians in VA want to play politics and blame Obama (the Feds) for everything gone wrong. This dishonest practice by VA politicians and the pro-tea-party media must stop, and the Obama Administration needs to take a firm stand instead of going into hiding every time so-called conservatives/tea partiers open their mouth.

    August 5, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  8. Angie

    I am fed up with hearing, as the Senator from Illinois gave tonight, excuses for keeping illegal immigrants here – i.e. to prevent separation of family, to perform jobs that others won't do. My opinion is that those are nonissues. The term "illegal" means, not legal and thus is on the same page as criminal behavior which should be dealt with. In addition, they do not have rights...no matter how long they have been here illegally. Finally, the notion that everyone should be checked for papers is not feasible. The fact is that there are certain groups who are relentlessly entering our country illegally. Should one group be targeted, absolutely not. However, should an official suspect it then papers should be requested.

    August 5, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  9. Null - Herndon, Virginia

    I'm an immigrant to the US, and all I have ever done is go to school, and now go to college and work hard to achieve my goals in life. My parents have to work hard to receive the proper documents to immigrate to the US. My father received undergraduate admission to the University of Ohio, as an international student, but couldn't come over because he was not able to get a student visa. He has had to wait 25 years before he received a work visa to come over to work for a federal consulting company.

    So, my question is this: if people have had to wait for a fair chance and documentation to come over the United States, what right do these people have to jump the fence and undermine the entire immigration system? It's honestly a slap in the face for everyone who has respected the law and Americans at large.

    For those who say that only those that break the law should be screened and sent back: isn't their mere presence a crime? Does their nations' mere proximity to the US (location-wise) warrant some sort of a "jump-the-border" card, while the rest of the world waits for years?

    August 5, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  10. Rick

    This was a horrible ,horrible event that should never have happened.This man if convicted should serve a life sentence at the least. The person that allowed him on the street should serve the same. I say deport every person here that is found not to be a citizen or have papers to work or go to school. If Paul McCartney has to have papers to sing live in this country, then everyone needs them to work.
    If Bobby Kennedy could do it with Carlos Marcello then this man could go.

    August 5, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  11. Brian

    When is someone going to ask the question.. If employers don't hire these undocumented workers, they would not be here . It's constantly stated over and over that illegal is illegal, but so is hiring these people. I live here on the border in Texas and for years it is buisness as usual of hiring people under the table and then complain that there too many unducumented workers here! Hipocracy

    August 5, 2010 at 10:21 pm |