FORT MYERS, Fla. - Lawmakers are considering naming a bill after an officer killed on duty by an illegal criminal immigrant - allowing ICE to keep them in prison longer in order to get them extradited.
Fort Myers police chief Doug Baker is in Washington, DC and will be talking to Congress Tuesday about officer Andrew Widman's death.
Lawmakers are proposing a bill that would allow ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, to detain illegal criminal immigrants, longer than the current 6 months, in order to get them deported.
Widman was killed in 2008 by an illegal criminal immigrant that was allowed back on the streets after falling through a loophole in the current law, Cuba refused to take him back and the US didn't want him - so after 6 months he was released before shooting Widman.
"To see officer widman have the ability to serve on the national level I can't think of a greater honor," said Baker.
There is no timeframe for discussions of the bill past this week.