Don Bacon to re-introduce Kerrie Orozco Act

Posted at 10:31 PM, Apr 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-06 07:04:59-04

Nebraska Congressman Don Bacon plans to re-introduce the Kerrie Orozco Act in Washington D.C., on Thursday.

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.

"I am looking forward to introducing the Kerrie Orozco Act tomorrow.

This legislation will honor one of the heroes of the Omaha Police Department and help the surviving spouse, child, or parent of our brave first responders by allowing them to still get citizenship even after the death of first responder loved ones," said Rep. Bacon.

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.