VIDEO: Mother of Iowan Killed by Illegal Immigrant Testifies Before Congress
Michelle Root warns Dream Act would encourage more illegal behavior
WASHINGTON – Michelle Root of Modale, Iowa, today
testified before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on policy proposals that
would legalize certain illegal immigrant populations. Root, the mother of Sarah
Root, who was killed in 2016 by an illegal immigrant, called on the committee to
pursue policies that improve justice for victims of crimes perpetrated by illegal
immigrants. She was invited to testify by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the
committee’s ranking member.
parent, I sympathize with those who want a better life for their children. We
would all do what it takes to give them a perfect life. However, you have to
understand that rewarding illegal behavior only means we get more of it. The
Dream Act, if enacted into law, would benefit people who are charged with
crimes. It would legalize people in this country who have even been convicted
of violent crimes,” Root said in her
called on Congress to pass Sarah’s Law, legislation introduced Sens. Grassley and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa)
that would require the federal government to take custody of any illegal
immigrant who is later charged with a crime causing serious bodily injury or
death. It would also establish a permanent office to provide case updates to
victims and their families.
known Michelle for a number of years and am a proud cosponsor of Sarah’s Law,
which would require ICE to detain illegal immigrants who have been charged with
a crime that resulted in the death or serious bodily injury of another person.
Michelle has previously testified in Congress regarding Sarah’s tragic death.
Her testimony at this hearing will highlight the importance of making sure that
we don’t offer legal status to illegal immigrants with criminal records,” Grassley
said at today’s hearing.
remarks at today’s hearing are available HERE. Root’s full remarks are available HERE.