On Thursday Iowa Senators, Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley, joined Nebraska Senators, Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse in introducing legislation that honors Sarah Root, a killed by a drunk driver who was an illegal immigrant.
Sarah Root was only 21 years old and celebrating her graduation, when she was struck and killed by Edwin Mejia. Mejia was street racing at 70 MPH with a recorded blood alcohol level over three times the legal limit when he Root’s car. Mejia was taken into custody, but posted bond and disappeared. Five months after the incident. Today he still remains at-large.
It turns out Mejia entered the country illegally by declaring himself as an “unaccompanied minor” to Obama’s border agency.
This new legislation named “Sarah’s Law” would require U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to take custody of any individual in the country illegally who is charged with a crime that has resulted in the death or serious bodily injury of another person.
Sarah’s Law is meant to amend the mandatory detention provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act to require the federal government to take custody of anyone who entered the country illegally, violated the terms of their immigration status or had their visa revoked and is thereafter charged with a crime resulting in the death or serious bodily injury of another person. This legislation will also require ICE to make reasonable efforts to identify and provide relevant information to the crime victims or their families.
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