CREATED Sep. 13, 2013
Omaha, NE - Sergio Perez's immigration status has some people up in arms. He's the man accused of entering the country illegally, then raping and beating 93-year old Louise Sollowin before her death. Some people believe he never should have been allowed to work in the U.S. to begin with and now want federal officials to crack down on illegal immigrants.
The federation for American immigration reform, otherwise known as "FAIR", rallied today near the steps of the courthouse to express their views on illegal immigration.
No amnesty, tighter boarder security and justice for Sollowin, these were the messages Americans for Reform tried to share an hour before illegal immigrant, Sergio Perez, had his latest hearing in court. Those demonstrating claim Sollowin is just the latest example of an innocent Americans murdered by an immigrant.
"The violent rape and murder of 93-year old Louise Sollowin was a 100 percent preventable death," says Iowa congressman Steve King, "what we needed to do was enforce our existing laws, we didn't even need to pass a new one, just enforce our existing laws." King spoke to a crowd of about 50 about the importance of a reform.
Not everyone in attendance agreed with King, "I pray every day that congress will pass a law and we can prove that we're not criminals," says Mexican-American Fidel Avarca. He came to America 22 years ago, without papers looking for work. "Eventually we will prove that we like to live over hear without breaking any rules." Avarca is now a U.S. Citizen but says his fight for equality continues.
At the rally, a petition was passed around which urges Nebraska law makers to pass "Louise's law". The law would prevent cities from passing sanctuary policies that protect and harbor immigrants.