The widow of a fallen deputy is urging change in the immigration system to change lives. The wife of slain Sacramento Deputy Danny Oliver was pushing for federal legislation in Washington, D.C., Tuesday.
California has a number of "sanctuary cities." The argument has always been that "sanctuary" makes those cities safer -- that more people are willing to come forward and talk to police because they won't be afraid of being deported.
But Tuesday, some from Sacramento relived some of the area's worst moments. And they are did it in order to put an end to sanctuary.
It's titled the Davis-Oliver Act, after Michael Davis and Danny Oliver... the two sheriff's deputies killed in October by a man authorities say was in the country illegally.
"I can honestly say that not a day goes by that this has not affected me. It may not be visible always. It may not be written in bold for all to see. It may not even be recognized, but it's always in the background of my mind," said Danny Oliver's widow, Susan Oliver.
Susan Oliver was on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee about the bill named after her husband.
That bill would create channels between local law enforcement and immigration officers. And most significantly, it would force local governments to help identify criminals in the country illegally or risk losing some federal funding.
"I wonder if I would even be here today talking to you about my loss if the government better enforced immigration law," Susan Oliver said.
She isn't the only one from Sacramento testifying.
Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones will be speaking to a House hearing on the same issue Thursday.
And joining Susan Oliver on the panel today was Michael Ronnebeck -- a Sacramento man whose nephew was killed in a convenience store robbery in Arizona.
"At least 123 American citizens have been murdered by one of these released criminal aliens, including my nephew Grant Ronneback," he said.
Sarah Saldana, the head of ICE testified next, saying her officers operate by the letter of the laws they've been given to enforce.