Earlier today Sen. Joni Ernst published an op-ed in the Des Moines Register castigating Jim Mowrer and Patty Judge for their opposition to Sarah’s Law, a commonsense bill to ensure illegal immigrants under arrest for murder aren’t able to flee the United States.

It’s been more than week since Jim Mowrer’s shocking refusal to support this bipartisan, desperately necessary legislation.

Statement from Chairman Jeff Kaufmann: “Sarah Root’s mother, father, and Senator Joni Ernst have all called on Jim Mowrer to drop his partisan opposition to this bipartisan legislation, but now, more than a week later, Mowrer still sits silently. Some issues transcend politics, and it would have been a powerful statement for Mowrer and Judge to stand with their opponents on passing Sarah’s Law as quickly as possible. Mowrer has shown who he really is and it’s not a pretty picture. The people of Iowa’s Third Congressional District should take note of this as they cast their ballots between now and next Tuesday evening.”

Des Moines Register: Mowrer and Judge’s silence on Sarah’s Law is deafening

One would think it goes without saying that someone who comes into our country illegally and kills an American citizen should be subject to mandatory detention by the U.S. government. Yet, shockingly, two Iowa Democrats running for federal office have failed to support a bill — Sarah’s Law — to do just that.

In a recent debate, the Democratic candidate for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District, Jim Mowrer, would not answer a direct question about whether he would support Sarah’s Law. In October, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, Patty Judge, said she was not familiar with Sarah’s Law. Whether a result of ignorance or extreme partisanship, their silence on targeted, commonsense legislation to honor Iowan Sarah Root and protect communities across Iowa and around the country is deafening.

As a mother, I cannot imagine the pain and heartbreak of losing a child. Although we cannot bring Sarah back, we can continue to build on her legacy. We must ensure that no family has to go through what the Root family has been through.

Accordingly, in June, I introduced Sarah’s Law, which is cosponsored by Sens. Chuck Grassley, Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse, and is pretty straightforward: Sarah’s Law would require ICE to detain anyone illegally present in the United States who is charged with a crime resulting in the death or serious injury of another person.  I am so pleased that Congressman David Young introduced a bipartisan companion bill in the House of Representatives.

When even President Barack Obama’s ICE has acknowledged that undocumented immigrants who are charged with killing Americans should be subject to detention, it is unfathomable that Iowa Democrats like Jim Mowrer and Patty Judge have failed to honor Sarah’s legacy, stand with her grieving parents, and support Sarah’s Law. Iowans deserve better.