U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse is still demanding answers from Immigration and Customs Enforcement for failing to meet a deadline to provide an explanation for failing to detain an illegal immigrant accused of causing a deadly accident.
Sasse says during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing earlier this month, ICE promised they would provide answers by March 25th.
Senator Sasse says, “ICE has gone silent and obviously that is unacceptable and it is an insult to the family. An innocent woman was killed. ICE let the killer go. The man is still on the run and ICE refuses to answer public questions even though they promised they would.”
Eswin Mejia’s bond was set at $50,000. He was able to post bond and fled. Police say he was street racing and intoxicated when he hit Sarah Root’s vehicle. She later died at a hospital. Senator Sasse wrote a letter to the director of ICE on February 29th to ask for answers why Mejia wasn’t detained after Omaha police requested he be held.
Senator Sasse says his office has been talking to ICE and they have given no answers as to why they missed their deadline and why. He says the family and the public deserves answers as to why they refused to detain a man described by ICE as a threat to public safety.