In 2016, the Obama administration began the process of authorizing legal status for a 36-year-old illegal alien with an extensive criminal record. Authorities had twice attempted to deport him. But they never did, and so now he is charged with killing his 15-year-old girlfriend that is the mother of one child with him and was pregnant with another.
Mexican Armando Garcia-Ramirez, currently a resident of Texas, was reportedly the girl’s stepfather at the time he impregnated her, although federal authorities failed to discover the relationship last year after he was arrested for smuggling five illegal aliens into the United States.
The smuggling case was not pursued by prosecutors. Garcia-Ramirez posted bond on immigration charges and was released. Months later, Garcia-Ramirez was approved for a work permit which allowed him to secure employment and made him eligible for taxpayer benefits.
“This guy is the reason that Trump [was] elected,” said Rep. Duncan Hunter, a California Republican. “No matter how many times people say it’s not true, and the media says things like this are on the fringe, this is why Trump was elected. And in California, this is not a fringe case.”
Garcia-Ramirez has a lengthy rap sheet that includes a 2008 arrest for assault in which the local prosecutor dropped the case, a 2009 arrest for assault in which the case was dismissed, and a 2011 arrest by immigration agents who tried to deport him, but he was granted bond and released.
The outcome of the 2011 case is unclear, but Garcia-Ramirez was still in the U.S. five years later when he was arrested for smuggling illegal aliens. Garcia-Ramirez was turned over to Homeland Security agents, who lobbied for a trial, but the local U.S. attorney refused to prosecute, claiming that there was not a credible witness.
Immigration agents again attempted to deport Garcia-Ramirez, but he was again released on bond. A month-and-a-half later, he applied for legal status in the U.S. despite his criminal record, and in November 2016, the Obama administration granted his work permit, awarding him the right to work, obtain a driver’s license, and apply for a Social Security number and taxpayer benefits.
Garcia-Ramirez’s case involved all three immigration agencies within Homeland Security: Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
When asked for comment, CBP and USCIS declined, and ICE officials pointed to immigration judges who granted Garcia-Ramirez bond in both deportation cases. ICE did not offer an explanation as to why the deportation cases were never pursued further.
Garcia-Ramirez’s current case involves his apparent lengthy relationship with a 15-year-old girl. Local news reported that Garcia-Ramirez was the girl’s stepfather, and federal documents say they had a one-year-old child and that the girl was nine months pregnant with another child of his.
“She cannot consent to sex, so he was obviously sexually assaulting her or sexually abusing her for a number of years in that situation,” Randy McGibney, director of programs at ChildSafe, told News 4 in San Antonio.
According to federal documents, after murdering his stepdaughter, Garcia-Ramirez unsuccessfully attempted suicide using the weapon with which he committed the murder.
ICE agents have once again said that they will attempt to deport Garcia-Ramirez, if and when he is released following the conclusion of his case and any sentence he might serve.
“This is common sense,” Rep. Hunter said. “After his first arrest, he should have been sent home, period. Not bonded out … sent home, quickly. This guy would be at the front of the line under President Trump.”
H/T: Washington Times
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