Ernst’s bill, Sarah’s Law, is in honor of Sarah Root—a young Iowan who was killed by an illegal immigrant who was never detained by federal law enforcement due to a loophole in the law
Aug 11 2020
WASHINGTON — In case you missed it, last week, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) attempted to pass her commonsense bill, Sarah’s Law, which would allow federal law enforcement to detain illegal immigrants criminally charged with killing or seriously injuring another person.
After the Democrats blocked the bill, Senator Ernst joined Michelle Root, Sarah’s mom, for an interview with KETV to discuss the importance of the bill.
Click here or on the image above to watch the interview.
In the interview, Michelle Root stated, “I don’t get her [Sarah] back after this. This is for everyone else. This is to help so the next person doesn’t have to go through the same thing.”
Senator Ernst said, “We need these families to know that the federal government is going to do everything possible to hold people accountable—whether they’re an illegal immigrant or whether they’re a United States citizen.”
KIOW covered this as well, noting that “Senate Democrats blocked U.S. Senator Joni Ernst’s bill, Sarah’s Law. Ernst has worked to pass a bill in honor of Sarah Root, a twenty-one year-old Iowan from Council Bluffs, who was struck and killed in Omaha, Neb., by Edwin Mejia, who entered the country illegally and was driving drunk – three times over the legal limit.