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Friday, April 29, 2016

College Grad Killed by Illegal Alien

A 21-year-old college graduate named Sarah Root had everything to live for. But her life was tragically cut short when her car was rear-ended by an illegal alien who was street-racing while drunk on the night of January 31 in Omaha, Nebraska. The suspect’s blood alcohol content was four times higher than the legal limit, and his license had already been suspended. But the suspect, Eswin Mejia (pronounced mehh EE uh), was not subjected to the enforcement of our immigration laws, because the suspect did not have a prior significant misdemeanor or felony conviction. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement refused repeated requests to detain the illegal alien, and instead allowed him to remain free despite how he had been charged with vehicle homicide.

Judge Jeff Marcuzzo of Douglas County in Nebraska set his bail at only $5,000, despite how bail set by judges for American citizens accused of the same crime range 5 or 10 times higher. The prosecutor was not even given an opportunity to request higher bail. Next the prosecutor repeatedly begged the Obama Administration to detain the illegal alien, as the law authorizes the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to do. But it refused, pursuant to Obama’s “priority enforcement program,” which allows illegal aliens to roam free in our country until they are convicted of a significant misdemeanor or felony. The federal government set a hearing for the suspect before an immigration judge on March 23 of next year.

Don’t be surprised if the suspect fails to show up at his trial or for the immigration hearing. He posted the small bond and then disappeared back into the shadows. Who will be his next victim?

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