The Biden administration lost little time letting Americans know that its termination of former President Donald Trump’s Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) office is not merely symbolic. Six illegal aliens wanted for allegedly killing American citizens have been removed from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Most Wanted List. “The aliens on the now-removed most-wanted list have vehicular homicide charges against them, and some were driving drunk,” Jon Feere at the Center for Immigration Studies reports.
‘She Didn’t Have a Chance’
One of the aliens removed from the list, Eswin Mejia, also referred to as Edwin Mejia, killed Sarah Root in 2016 in Omaha, Nebraska. WOWT-TV in Omaha reports how she died:
“Hours after graduating from Bellevue University, 21-year-old Sarah Root was stopped at a light at 33rd and L streets when she was struck from behind by 19-year-old Eswin Mejia.
She didn’t have a chance.
Mejia, in the country illegally, was street racing. His blood-alcohol level was three time[s] the legal limit to drive.
For some reason, he bonded out of jail at $5,000. Then, he disappeared.”
Mejia “was graded a low risk to flee by Douglas County pretrial release officials, despite the fact that he had a warrant and twice had failed to appear in court,” the Omaha World-Herald reported in 2019. An ICE department operating under the Obama administration declared that Mejia “did not meet ICE’s enforcement priorities,” citing a November 2014 federal memo issued by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
Breitbart’s John Binder detailed the backgrounds of the other five aliens removed from the VOICE Most Wanted List:
- Saul Chavez, a Mexican national charged in Cook County, Illinois, with vehicular homicide resulting in the death of William Dennis McCann, 66.
- Jesus Maltos-Chacon, a Mexican national, charged in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with homicide and vehicular manslaughter for the death of 20-year-old Blake Zieto.
- Alan Jacob Mogollon-Anaya, a Mexican national, charged April 2017 for aggravated vehicular homicide, DUI and aggravated assault following the crash that resulted in the death of Shirra Branum, 37, in Washington County, Tennessee.
- Gonzalo Harrell-Gonzalez, a Mexican national, indicted by a Gilmer County, Georgia grand jury on charges of homicide by vehicle in the first degree, two counts of serious injury by vehicle, and reckless driving in the death of Dustin Inman, 16, in January 2001.
- Luis Alberto Rodriguez-Castro, a Honduran national, charged in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina in October 2011 with negligent homicide and vehicular manslaughter linked to the death of Joseph Storie, 51.
Root’s mother, Michelle, testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on June 15. “The [Biden] administration … removed the VOICE office’s most wanted list from their website — including my daughter’s killer, Edwin Mejia,” she said. “They want to abolish ICE and get rid of any law enforcement whose mission it is to carry out our immigration laws and protect the homeland.”
With the termination of the Trump-era VOICE office and now the removal of deadly criminal illegal aliens from a priority-capture list, the Biden administration seems determined to send a message to the American people that their country no longer belongs to them. To those long familiar with Democrats’ embrace of open borders, the evolving process may seem natural.
Not so long ago, then-President Donald Trump was excoriated for seeking to enforce the immigration laws of the United States and deport illegal immigrants, with Democrats demanding he focus instead on only those aliens who had committed serious crimes.
“I am outraged to hear of the recent ICE arrests in southern California. If the Trump administration is genuinely concerned about threats to American security, it should prioritize violent felons and others who pose real danger,” Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) exclaimed in February 2017. For years, this was a boilerplate blue talking point in defending illegals. Apparently, this fig leaf is no longer needed.
“Mejia came across the border as an unaccompanied alien child (UAC), was released to an alleged family member, and was not a priority for arrest under the Obama administration,” Jon Feere at CIS writes. The big-box media calls him a dreamer. Sarah Root had dreams too, her mother told senators:
“Sarah was my only daughter and she made me want to be a better person because she was so kind and loving … She wanted to pursue a master’s degree after college … And, her dreams were crushed because people believe they can enter this country and carry out criminal actions without recourse. And because some members of Congress are determined to let them.”
By ending all emphasis on finding Sarah’s killer, the Biden administration has told Michelle Root and the grieving families of numerous other American victims of illegal alien crime that their loved ones’ shattered dreams and aspirations don’t matter.
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