A federal immigration enforcement agency is admitting — in not so many words — that it failed miserably last month when it refused to detain an illegal alien charged with vehicular homicide who is now on the lam.
On Wednesday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) named 19-year-old Edwin Mejia to its “Most Wanted” list.
“ICE will work tirelessly to ensure justice is done in this matter…including to further publicize this case by posting Mejia on ICE Most Wanted List,” ICE director Sarah Saldana said in a statement.
Mejia, a Honduran national who entered the U.S. illegally in 2013, was arrested in Omaha, Nebraska, on Jan. 31 and charged with felony vehicular homicide in the death of 21-year-old Sarah Root. Mejia was street racing with a blood-alcohol level of .241 when he rammed into the back of Root’s SUV.
Mejia, who also used the alias “Eswin,” has been on the run since posting bond to leave jail on Feb. 5. But he likely would not have the status of fugitive if ICE had honored the Omaha police department request for an immigration hold.
ICE’s decision to place Mejia on its “Most Wanted” list is incongruent with its initial response to the case, Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse noted.