Sarah Root was only 21-years old when she was killed by Edwin Mejia, a 19-year-old who had a blood-alcohol level that was reportedly .241 and who was driving with a suspended license, in a drunk driving accident. Mejia was arrested before this and appeared before a judge where he was identified as an illegal alien. Instead of being held by Immigration because of his illegal status the authorities declared that he, “did not meet Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s (ICE) enforcement priorities” as laid out by the Obama administration.
So, instead, Mejia agreed to a court mandated twice-a-day appointment to submit to a breathalyzer test and was released on his own recognizance. He has now disappeared and has not been seen since. He is now on ICE’s “Most Wanted List.”
Eagle Rising reports This is another example of the march of injustice in Obama’s America today.
In January 19-year old Edwin Mejia killed 21-year old Sarah Root in a drunk driving accident. Mejia was arrested and appeared before a judge, where he was identified as an illegal alien. Immigration authorities had the option of having Mejia held because of his illegal status but chose not to because he “did not meet Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s (ICE) enforcement priorities” as laid out by the Obama administration. So, instead, Mejia agreed to a court mandated twice-a-day appointment to submit to a breathalyzer test and was released on his own recognizance. He hasn’t been seen since and is now on ICE’s “Most Wanted List.”
In the aftermath of his disappearance the question becomes, how did we allow this to happen? Mejia had been charged with killing a person. How does this level of crime not meet the Obama administration’s standard for criminal enforcement of an illegal?
While it is nice to see that ICE now seems to be taking this matter seriously, there focus comes too little too late. Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) recently expressed his exasperation with the administration’s response in a series of letters to the Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and ICE Director Sarah Saldana.
“This important development underscores the seriousness of the situation, something ICE should have recognized immediately. Mr. Mejia should not need to be on this list — he should be in jail.
ICE originally said that Mr. Mejia was not an ‘enforcement priority’ but this morning he was placed on their Most Wanted list. The public still does not have a complete account of what went wrong. It is well past time for ICE to make all the facts known so this never happens again.
If this man is not a threat to public safety, then who is?”
This case underscores the major issues with Obama’s schizophrenic policies on illegal immigration. The Obama administration agrees that our illegal immigration laws are valid and should be enforced, but they disagree about what “enforced” actually means. While most Americans believe “enforce” means to make sure that our laws are followed or consequences are paid, the Obama team seems to believe that enforced simply means “pay lip service to and pretend to care about.”
We must demand the Obama administration enforce the laws, as passed by Congress, and not as they imagine those laws to be. The hypocrisy of the liberal arguments over enforcing gay marriage rules, while they blatantly ignore our immigration laws must be answered. If they’ll not follow laws that they disagree with, we should wholeheartedly and raucously ignore the laws we believe to be unjust.