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Don Bacon to re-introduce Kerri Orozco Act

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Posted at 10:08 PM, Feb 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-17 23:08:50-05

Nebraska Congressman Don Bacon plans to re-introduce the Kerri Orozco Act after next week's district work period. 

The bill would allow the spouses of first responders, killed in the line of duty, access to a quicker process of becoming an American citizen.

"Our first responders put their physical safety and lives on the line every day they go to work," said Rep. Bacon. "We owe it to them as a sign of gratitude, to take care of their families and ensure that they can have peace of mind."

Former Omaha Congressman, Brad Ashford and Iowa Congressman David Young made the push last year as Orozco's husband, Hector, waited for his green card.

Under current law, family members of first responders who have pending immigration applications face delays in the naturalization process.

"The death of Officer Kerrie Orozco was a tremendous loss to her family," added Rep. Bacon. "Her husband, Hector, has an enormous responsibility as a single parent and we owe it to Kerrie to ensure that her family is provided the same protections they would have had if this unfortunate situation had not occurred."

Bacon's office says he will push for the bill after Congress returns from next week's recess.