Sasse taking Mejia investigation to Homeland...

Posted at 2:17 PM, Apr 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-04 15:17:49-04

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse still isn't happy with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement's handling of the Eswin Mejia case. 

Sasse says he's now taking the issue straight to the top: to Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson.

In a letter to Johnson sent Monday, Sasse says ICE Director Sarah Saldana's response to his February 28th letter is "bureaucratic nonsense". Sasse went on to say ICE's response does not attempt to answer why it did not detain an illegal alien who killed an innocent woman and is now on the run as one of ICE's most wanted.  Director Saldana's handling of this matter shows no regard for the Root family and continues to be an embarrassment to the hard-working men and women at the Department of Homeland Security.  I am referring my questions to your office and look forward to a thorough response as soon as possible.

Eswin Mejia was charged with felony motor vehicle homicide following the crash that killed Sarah Root in Omaha on January 31st.  A judge set Mejia's bond at $50,000 which was posted for him.  Shortly after Mejia bonded out, Mejia disappeared and has skipped court appearances. Despite attempts by Omaha Police to get an immigration hold on Mejia preventing his release, ICE refused, originally saying that Mejia was not an enforcement priority