Legislation named for Kerrie Orozco, Omaha police officer killed in 2015

By Trish Mehaffey, The Gazette

Two Eastern Iowa law enforcement leaders are joining 65 others from across the country this week to support a bill that would help immigrant families of first responders who die in the line of duty.

The bill, which passed the U.S. House in September, would allow a surviving spouse, child or parent of a U.S. citizen first responder who died in service to be eligible to obtain citizenship through an expedited process.

Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman and Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek signed the letter that was sent Monday asking U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to pass the bill — called the Kerrie Orozco Act — in the Senate before the end of this year’s session.

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