It shouldn't take a U.S. senator to pry answers from Immigration and Customs Enforcement about its failure to detain a motor vehicle homicide suspect who Omaha authorities flagged as a flight risk.
Police say Eswin Mejia, 19, of Honduras, was in the country illegally. They also say he was drunk on Jan. 31 when he raced down an Omaha street and rear-ended 21-year-old Sarah Root, killing her.
A Douglas County judge set a low bail for Mejia. Before he was freed, local authorities alerted ICE to hold Mejia because he was a risk to run away.
ICE did nothing. Mejia didn't show up for court. ICE said it was following administrative restrictions from the Department of Homeland Security.
Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska says ICE had the flexibility to hold Mejia. He's asking for a detailed explanation. The senator and the public deserve answers.
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