Dacula man facing deportation after passing school bus

LAWRENCEVILLE -- For most, a traffic citation for passing a stopped school bus constitutes a lack of solid judgement and results in a high-dollar fine.

It's likely to cost one Dacula resident his ability to stay in the country.

Osmar Espinoza-Cuculista -- a native of Guatemala, according to jail records -- was arrested Wednesday morning after a Lawrenceville police officer reportedly observed his SUV "pass a stopped school bus with its lights flashing" near Ga. Highway 20 and Reid Street.

Espinoza-Cuculista did not have a driver's license, police said. A hold for Immigration and Customs Enforcement has now been placed on the 32-year-old.

Gwinnett began participating in the federal 287(g) program, which authorizes local law enforcement to begin deportation proceedings on arrestees, in 2009.

Local jail records show Espinoza-Cuculista was arrested four times in 2008, the year before 287(g) was enacted in Gwinnett. Each of the arrests was due to traffic violations.


BuzzG 2 years, 11 months ago

How many years is it going to take for us to address our illegal alien problem? How long are we going to allow employers access to an unending supply of below market labor? How many years are we going to allow illegals to stress our schools, hospital emergency rooms, criminal justice system and welfare rolls.

These people sneak across our southern border in large numbers. They are the poorest of the poor from poor countries. They have few marketable skills and most don't even speak our language. They are destined to a life at the bottom rung of our economic ladder. The have no health insurance and if they fall ill, our tax dollars support them. This is national insanity and needs to be on the front page of every paper.

Vegetable growers and chicken pluckers love an endless supply of cheap and compliant workers. Democrats look at them as future voters and Republicans love the checks from their employers.

Remember, illegal alien labor is cheap only to the employer.


DavidBrown 2 years, 11 months ago

Buzz, perhaps you'd be more comfortable living in West Virginia. They have the fewest number of immigrants there than any state in our country.

If you're that concerned about illegal immigration, boycott vegetables and chicken. Also, paint your own house and do your own landscaping.

Rather than listening to you, I will listen to God, who tells us in His word to welcome the stranger.


R 2 years, 11 months ago

That's welcome a stranger- NOT a robber...


Veryconcernedcitizen 2 years, 11 months ago

And this is being reported in the news for what reason? I can't really say that this is the hard hitting news story that I would rush to the paper stand for. Seriously Gwinnett Daily Post, no one cares about illegal aliens being deported for whatever reason anymore! Why doesn't your newspaper change leadership and direction and actually look for real news and not try to drum up the same old BS over and over.


SuxBeanU 2 years, 11 months ago

If this same illegal, unlicensed four time traffic offender had run over a child getting on/off that bus would this still be a non-issue in your mind? When law enforcement takes a repeat criminal offender off the streets, it is news. Am I to believe that you also don't find gang arrests and drug busts involving illegals to be hard hitting news? Maybe you should articulate what constitutes news in your mind?


Kat 2 years, 11 months ago

If people are not here legally, they are breaking the law. When they break the law and get arrested in Gwinnett, they are screened to see if they are here legally. If they are not here legally now they have broken two or more of our laws. The illegals are also being victimized by the long hours and low wages. They do not have a right to to burden the United States taxpayers. Suggesting that people who are law abiding move to where there are fewer illegals is insulting. I'm sure that most US citizens are kind and do help their fellow man. (Even illegals). I don't screen people for their immigration status before I offer a helping hand. But, I do expect my government to. If you check with God he probably supports 287G.


Cleanupguy 2 years, 11 months ago

A hearty amen to that! The Bible is quite clear that we are to obey the laws of man. Just a few examples:

1 Peter 2:13 "Submit yourself to every ordinance of man . . . to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors."

Matthew 22:21 "Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's."

See also Romans 13:1, 7 and Titus 3:1.


DavidBrown 2 years, 11 months ago

Dr. Richard Land is is the president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. He recently recalled how the Southern Baptists issued an apology to Black Americans for how Southern Baptists opposed civil rights legislation and made Blacks feel unwelcome in Southern Baptist churches. Dr. Land went on to wonder if Southern Baptists would 15 years from now have to issue a similar apology to Hispanics. Dr. Land could be right.

By the way, when was the last time you spent any time on your knees praying for President Obama?


R 2 years, 11 months ago

More times than you can count...


TOWG 2 years, 11 months ago

I only have 2 words to say on this story. Adios Osmar!


jennjones 2 years, 11 months ago

You people can be so ignorant at times, seriously if we want to g back in history a lot of the western side of the U.S use to be Mexico so if anyone is invading territory is Americans from Europe! Just as you were born in the U.S as well as a lot of us who have parents who at some time in day came illegally from central and southern America we are all IMMIGRANTS, you just happened to be lucky enough to be born here! Who do the NATIVE AMERICANS look more like? Hispanics! Rare to see a blue eyed blonde NATIVE AMERICAN. Sad us Hispanics are the most threatened by all of this! Bet if he had been Asian or Indian he would not have a deportation hold! As well as Asians Hispanics do a lot of labor in this country, most of them do the labor no "white" or "black" would ever do! Before you start accusing "illegal people" get your backs and information correct, because there's a problem if a Latino passes a school bus because he can kill a child but if any white person did it there would be no issue! How about government just starts going back to how each person getting stopped got here?? Just add if any great grandparent came into the US illegally you will be deported back to that country! That sounds a lot better!!

And don't bring God verses into this convo, yes we should obey mans laws but discrimination is by far a lot more serious in God's eyes!


anetcher 2 years, 11 months ago

Actually, the race plays no part in the decision to run the 287g program. Every person processed through the Gwinnett County Jail, or other systems running 287g. In fact there were deportees that were in the US illegally from Asia and India (2 from Thailand, 4 from Pakistan, and 1 from India.) If you go to the Gwinnett County Sheriff's website you can view all the numbers there, including a breakdown of the crimes (other then being in the US illegally) they were accused of committing.



news2me 2 years, 11 months ago

Ellis Island, ever heard of it? That's how my family came here, they came here and follow the proper channels to become LEGAL immigrants.

Do you know what I find rather amazing? Illegals can obtain fake documents for work, to get driver's licences, make money so they can live here cheaply and receive entitlements through fraud, send money back to their native country --- BUT they CLAIM they don't have the money or the know how to become legal citizen!!! WHY?



toby 2 years, 11 months ago

Make him pay his own way out of here. That bus ticket better not fall on the tax payer.


LarryMajor 2 years, 11 months ago

Tyler, We need some clarification. “[…] his right to stay in the country” sounds as if he has a legal residency status. However, his lack of a driver’s license and the mention of ICE suggest he is living here unlawfully. Is this man’s legal status known? Thanks.


Mack711 2 years, 11 months ago

If he is an illegal make him pay for his 'upkeep' while in jail to the taxpayers and all taxes that is owed to the US and make him pay for his way home. It cost the taxpayer a lot to keep them here what with free medical and other benefits. Try what the illegals are doing here in Mexico for instanse and see how far you get.


JHogan 2 years, 11 months ago


You must have misread the story. Here's what it actually said: "It's likely to cost one Dacula resident his ability to stay in the country," not his "right" to stay in the country.

According to reliable data (from the Pew Foundation), there are (or were) 425,000 illegal immigrants in the state of Georgia. Many of the opponents of 287 claim that this is a federal problem, and it may well be.

If it is, then our national legislative delegation, from Sen. Chambliss to the most junior member of the House, should be doing everything they can to have the Federal government provide the state of Georgia with the funds to deal with these hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants that have become the state's problem.

The Federal government operates on an entirely different monetary system than the states, counties, cities and individuals in that they are the issuers of the currency, while the rest of us are users of the currency. That means that we have to make income meet expenses, while the Federal government can create money at will. (Folks, I really do understand how difficult that idea is to accept, but it is the way the system actually works.)

It also means that there is no reason why we in Gwinnett County should be curtailing development and maintenance on our roads, bridges, water and sewer systems. Our libraries are on short hours; our teachers are experiencing furloughs. One reason is because the county has to provide certain services for all who are here, legally or not.

The Federal government should be helping the states, counties and cities who are adversely affected by this problem of illegal immigration. And our guys shoulde be the charge to make it happen.


R 2 years, 11 months ago

"Local jail records show Espinoza-Cuculista was arrested four times in 2008, the year before 287(g) was enacted in Gwinnett. Each of the arrests was due to traffic violations."

Anyone care to follow-up on how he remained free after 4 incidents? Forget the legal status, this type of problem needs to be addressed regardless of citizenship.


chasmcjr 2 years, 11 months ago

He is loosing nothing because he has no "right" to be here! He was here ilegally and got caught. That's the chance he took when he came here. We, the taxpayers, on the other hand, now have to pay to send him back!


Mack711 2 years, 11 months ago

There may be one way to solve all this and that is to take all personal property, including bank accounts,cars,furniture and sell them at auction. Then take these funds pay for him to go to his/her home country. any thing left over will be added to the Sheriff's budget to assist in paying for the police officers that we so desperately need. If an American can have his home forclosed on and sold at auction on the court house steps so can any illegal. Now the ACLU will step that is for sure and try to stop this action.


gwinnettisgreat1 2 years, 11 months ago

If you go look at the docket book online or at gwinnettmugs.com, they hold for imigration 8-10 illegals daily. Now, look at what their charges are. Everything from hit and run, to rape, to passing a dang school bus illegaly full of legal kids with legal parents. If they were not here illegally this would not happen. Its that simple.

I am sick of this wusification of America and claiming racism. If you are not here legally you have broken the law. Period. I don't care if you are here from Australia, China, Cuba, Mexico, Russia or Japan. We have laws in this country and by God you have to follow them. Unless you are the President and then he wants to find a way to pardon you.

Illegals have no respect for American law. They dont care if you have to pay for insurance on your car and they don't. They don't care if you have to pay taxes and they don't. They don't care if your kids are on a school bus and they are in a hurry because the law doesn't apply to them. Yet here you people scream equal rights.

Get your head out of the sand. All these illegalls want is a job so they can send money home to their families, in another country. They don't care about law, they don't care about America, they don't care about citizenship... they don't care, so why in the heck should I?


richtfan 2 years, 11 months ago

and why can't he be deported for breaking our laws and entering this country illegally in the first place? dang people......wake up.


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