Immigration bill named for Iowan introduced again
DES MOINES (AP) — Donald Trump’s emphasis on immigration issues has ramped up interest in a federal proposal named for an Iowa woman killed after a suspected drunken driver who authorities say was living in the country illegally slammed his pickup into her SUV.
Senators on Thursday re-introduced the measure named after Sarah Root of Council Bluffs.
Authorities say Eswin Mejia, 20, an immigrant from Honduras, was intoxicated and drag racing when he collided with the 21-year-old’s vehicle last February in Omaha. She died at the hospital.
The bill would require immigration officials to take into custody and hold until trial anyone who had entered the country illegally and are charged with a crime resulting in injury or death of another person.
Mejia was charged with felony motor vehicle homicide. Local authorities asked U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to issue a detainer to keep him in custody while awaiting trial, but the federal agency declined. He was released from jail and has not been seen since.