Sarah Root had just graduated college when she was struck and killed by a man who entered the country illegally and was driving drunk—three times over the legal limit. When I first heard Sarah's story, I was heartbroken. My own daughter was close in age to Sarah, and I couldn't imagine the grief and pain the Root family was going through. I remember when I met with Michelle and Scott—Sarah's parents. They faced a terrible reality—that they would never see justice for their daughter because of a nonsensical immigration policy. You see, despite repeated requests by local law enforcement, U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) under the Obama administration failed to detain Sarah's killer because its policy at the time said ICE could use discretion when determining whether to detain a criminal alien charged with a violent offense. So, Sarah's killer posted bond, was released, and disappeared out of the country. There was no justice for the Root family. Right then and there, I knew we needed to take action. That's why I wrote Sarah's Law. It's really quite simple: The bill requires that ICE take custody of a person who is in the country illegally if that person is… Read full this story
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