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It has been three years since Sarah Root was struck and killed in Omaha by Edwin Mejia, who entered the country illegally and was driving drunk.
On Thursday, the anniversary of of her death, Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, along with Senators Chuck Grassley, Ben Sasse, Deb Fischer and eleven of their colleagues, re-introduced legislation in honor of Sarah. The legislation, aptly named Sarah’s Law, would allow federal law enforcement to detain illegal immigrants criminally charged with killing or seriously injuring another person.
Following his arrest for Motor Vehicle Homicide, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement declined to issue a detainer on Mejia. Subsequently, he posted bond, fled the country and still remains at-large.
The legislation would require ICE to make efforts to identify and provide relevant information to the crime victims or their families. Under this law, Mejia would have been detained by law enforcement and not allowed to flee from justice and the Root family would have been kept up-to-date on Mejia’s status.
No brainer. But guess where the opposition to this legislation will come from?
Capricorn posted on November 15, 2019 at 09:15
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