Michelle Root, the mother of 21-year old Sarah Root, spoke to the Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Tuesday about the devastation of losing her daughter at the hands of Eswin Mejia, an illegal immigrant who killed Root while street-racing drunk. Mejia fled when Immigration and Customs Enforcement declined to detain him and he was able to post bail.
“Eswin spent four days in jail and is believed to have fled the country,” Michelle Root said. “He posted $5,000 bond, which was less than the cost it was to bury my daughter Sarah. Because of the lack of controls, the police, immigration, U.S. Marshals and law enforcement have little or no information on his whereabouts.”
“Eswin was not a stranger to law enforcement and failed to honor his legal obligations for minor traffic infractions, prior to killing my daughter,” she said. “Now a failed local judicial system that set his bail too low coupled with flawed Obama administration policies have rewarded the illegal and punished my family and hampered law enforcement in their investigations.”
In written testimony, Mrs. Root wrote:
“America is a nation of immigrants, legal immigrants. My family like many Americans holds no ill will to people who desire the American dream, we just ask that controls be put into place to control the entry and that they be documented and vetted through legal means so if such an incident were to occur again they could be held accountable and another family would not have to experience the pain and frustration that our family and Sarah’s friends have experienced.”
“We urge the members of Congress to support meaningful immigration reform through the support and passing of legislation such as Kate’s Law; The Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act and the Davis Oliver Act that empowers local governments and law enforcement and forces ICE to take an illegal immigrant into custody when requested by local law enforcement like what occurred in my daughter’s case.”
Also testifying was Laura Wilkerson, the mother of Josh Wilkerson who was tortured and killed by an illegal immigrant.
ICE added Mejia to its most wanted list in response to public pressure about the handling of the case.
Mrs. Root’s heartbreaking and informative testimony can be heard in the audio below.
There are many cases like this but Obama’s policies direct law enforcement to ignore reckless and drunk driving illegals and Democrats support it.
One case stands out from 2012. Democrats spoke out against legislation that would allow arresting officers to check the legal status of aliens and transfer confirmed illegal immigrants into federal custody, even after they heard testimony from a man whose brother was killed by an illegal alien who was driving drunk with five previous DWIs.
The Scott Gardner Act, sponsored by Rep. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.), was named after a University of North Carolina student, Scott Gardner, who was run over by Jorge Humberto Hernandez-Soto, an illegal alien who was driving drunk and who had been returned to Mexico 17 times before he killed the young college student.
“By directing state officers to treat people differently based upon their perceived alienage, the bill would essentially become a national version of the Arizona and Alabama immigration laws, inviting widespread racial profiling and discrimination in violation of the Constitution,” Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), the ranking Democratic member, said at the hearing on the bill.
Drunk driving illegal immigrants are welcomed.