NTF Issue Paper: cong125.doc. 2-17

Nebraska Congressmen Don Bacon, Jeff Fortenberry, and Adrian Smith all signed on as co-sponsors of HR 300, also known as “Sarah’s Law.” A bill named for 21-year old honors college graduate Sarah Root, killed in January, 2016 by a drunken Honduran illegal alien, Eswin Mejia. He already had earned several traffic citations in Omaha. At 70 mph, he rear-ended her car on the evening of her college graduation. The impact severed her spine and broke her skull in 2 places. This drag racer had a blood-alcohol level 3 times the legal limit. He faced a vehicular homicide charge. A judge set a low bail, which the illegal alien brother paid, then he headed South of the border. Drunken illegals without valid driver’s licenses have wreaked havoc on our streets and highways for decades, because the federal government refused to enforce present immigration laws.

Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) did not detain Mejia for deportation, because holding these categories of illegal aliens was not an enforcement priority for the Obama Regime, even though he overstayed his visa. This killer entered the U.S. by declaring himself an unaccompanied minor to ICE, thereby gaining temporary Obama amnesty under deferred enforcement action. He is probably hiding now in Honduras, because ICE refused a request from the Omaha police department to detain him after bonding out of jail. ICE has offered various excuses why it did not detain Mejia and has offered convoluted excuses to the Root family. It placed his name on its Most Wanted List but refused to offer the grieving family details about this illegal alien, citing “privacy laws.” It should have arrested and detained him for trial.

HR 300 would require ICE to detain additional illegal aliens. It would amend current immigration law to require the feds to take custody of anyone who entered the U.S. illegally, violated terms of immigration status or faced visa revocation, and thereafter charged with a crime resulting in the death or serious bodily injury of another person. This bill also requires ICE to make reasonable efforts to identify and provide relevant information about custody status to crime victims or their families. ICE must obtain information from law enforcement agencies about the identity of victims of crimes for which an illegal alien became charged or convicted and give victims or their families the full name of criminal alien, aliases, and country of origin. Families must see alien immigration status and criminal history and learn how the feds plan to deport such illegal alien. Under present law, ICE does not consider vehicular homicide a violent crime. Therefore, illegal aliens charged with or convicted of this crime do not merit mandatory detainers. In fact, such aliens can apply for protection from deportation. The bill now is in the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration.

Sarah Root and her family deserve justice over her tragic and undeserved death. This young woman could have positively impacted society with her talents, now impossible, because the Obama Regime slavishly pandered to illegal aliens for their votes. With a new, conservative President, citizens must act. HR 300 will lessen the chances that such tragedies will recur. Press our congressmen to pass this House bill sponsored by conservative Cong. David Young (IA.). Contact your House member today to pass this bill into law! Conservative Sen. Joni Ernst (IA.) has introduced a companion bill, S. 37, now assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Contact our 2 Nebraska senators to help pass this bill into law also.

Congressman Don Bacon: 202-225-4155, https://bacon.house.gov
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry: 202-225-4806, https://fortenberry.house.gov
Congressman Adrian Smith: 202-225-6435, https://adriansmith.house.gov
Senator Ben Sasse: 202-224-4224, https://www.sasse.senate.gov
Senator Deb Fischer: 202-224-6551, https://www.fischer.senate.gov

Research, documentation, and analysis for this issue paper done by Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom. This material copyrighted by Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom, with express prior permission granted for its use by other groups in the NE Conservative Coalition Network. 2-17 C

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