The four U.S. senators from Iowa and Nebraska are introducing legislation to honor an Iowa woman who was killed in Omaha by a drunk driver who was in the country illegally.
Twenty-one-year-old Sarah Root of Council Bluffs had just graduated with honors from Bellevue University a matter of hours before the crash in January.
Root’s car was rear-ended by a pickup driven by 19-year-old Eswin Mejia, a Honduran in the U-S illegally. Police say he was drag racing and had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit.
Mejia was released on bond and vanished, likely fleeing the country.
The proposed Sarah’s Law would require immigration officials to take custody of anyone who’s here illegally who’s charged with a crime that caused death or serious injury.
It would also require Immigration and Customs Enforcement to make reasonable efforts to identify and provide relevant information to the crime victims or their families.