Top Dem senator BLOCKS bill allowing for criminal illegals to be detained

A top Democrat senator moved to defeat a Republican effort to force a vote on a bill that would require Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain illegal aliens who commit violent crimes.

On Wednesday, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) attempted to advance the bill dubbed Sarah’s Law through unanimous consent but was thwarted by Senate Majority Whip Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) who objected, torpedoing the common sense effort at a time when Americans are at increasing danger of being victimized by foreign criminals.

Durbin, who once likened American military members to Nazis, rejected the move that comes two weeks after the brutal murder of 22-year-old Laken Riley, a Georgia medical student who would still be alive today had her killer been subjected to ICE detention.

The Illinois Democrat claimed that the bill would “deprive immigrants of the due process that everyone is afforded,” because as has been continually demonstrated by the left-wing party, the “newcomers” are special.

Before Durbin’s intervention to protect migrant thugs and killers, Ernst delivered a passionate speech on the Senate floor in which she also invoked Riley as the need for the law.

During her speech, Ernst emphasized that “It would merely require ICE to detain, just to detain, otherwise deportable illegal immigrants charged with killing or seriously injuring another person,” adding that, “The reality is Laken’s heartbreaking story did not have to happen.”

Sarah’s Law is named for Sarah Root, a 21-year-old Iowa woman who was killed by an illegal alien who was driving drunk and, due to a loophole in the law, has never faced consequences.

“Sarah should be in her late twenties, enjoying life and chasing her dreams. Instead, eight years later, her loved ones are still mourning. No parent should have to endure the pain and injustice of losing a child like the Root family did. That’s why, since 2016, I’ve been working to pass Sarah’s Law,” Sen. Ernst said in a statement earlier this year.

“Under this bill, Sarah’s killer would have been detained by law enforcement and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. As we witness illegal immigrants pour into the country under Biden, this commonsense bill will ensure that those who murder or recklessly cause harm to others are held accountable. Our laws should not prioritize illegal immigrants over the safety of Americans,” she added.

“Seven years ago today, 21-year-old Sarah Root was killed by an illegal immigrant who was driving drunk – the tragic result of Democrats’ open-border policies. Instead of being prosecuted for his crimes, he was released from custody and never seen again,” said Rep. Randy Feenstra (R-Iowa) who has joined Ernst in pushing for the law’s passage.

“Sarah’s Law amends the mandatory detention provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to require U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain illegal immigrants criminally charged with killing or seriously injuring another person. It also adds a requirement that upon encountering an illegal immigrant subject to mandatory detention, ICE makes reasonable efforts to identify victims and inform their families of certain information,” according to a press release posted to the congressman’s website.

Ernst said that both Root and Riley’s deaths are “doomed to be repeated” under the current policies which aren’t likely to see any changes for as long as Durbin and the Democrats control the government.

Chris Donaldson

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