The widow of slain Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy Danny Oliver will be attending President Obama's State of the Union Address next week.
Susan Oliver was invited by Congressman Ami Bera and could be used to demonstrate the importance of the president's immigration reform.
"Deputy Oliver paid the ultimate sacrifice this really is a why it's important to honor his memory," Bera, who represents California's 7th District in Washington D.C., told FOX40. "Last fall, I had a chance to go to the memorial for deputy Oliver, and it was a tragic loss to our community. It was one of the most touching memorials that I've ever been to."
Bera believes lawmakers in Washington can take an important lesson away from the tragedy.
The man who shot and killed Oliver and Placer County Sheriff's Detective Michael Davis Jr., Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamontes, was living in the country illegally.
Monroy-Bracamontes had been convicted in Arizona for selling drugs and was twice deported to Mexico.
"He was on the grid, he had been deported, but it does talk to the importance of having comprehensive immigration reform," Bera said.
It's that reform, Bera said he and his colleagues need to work out.
"Let's keep our country safe let's protect our borders let's also have a system of immigration reform that identifies those felons, deports them and keeps them out of the country," Bera said.
But to do so the congressman admits that means working across party lines.
"We've got to work together. That's always been my mantra, you know? I'm cautiously optimistic that Speaker Boehner will reach out to democrats who are willing to work with them," Bera said. "You know, we're not going to get anywhere if they just pass bills that are going to be vetoed. Let's actually pass things that work for the community that bring democrat and republican ideas together."
Bera isn't sure if the president will mention Oliver or his widow during his speech, but he says it's a possibility.
"Obviously, we'll let him know who our guest is," Bera said.
Both Rep. Bera and Susan Oliver will be guests on FOX40's morning show Friday.