An illegal alien with a long history of criminal activity, including the rape and murder of his stepdaughter, was approved for a work permit and other taxpayer benefits under the Obama administration The Washington Times has learned.
Armando Garcia-Ramirez, 36, lived illegally in Texas for years and had multiple criminal cases brought against him, including assault, theft, and smuggling other illegal immigrants into the U.S. Each time he was stopped by immigration agents to be deported, he was released.
The Times reports:
He was arrested in 2008 for assault, but the local prosecutor opted to drop the case. He was charged with theft in 2009, but the case was dismissed. In 2011, immigration agents arrested him and tried to deport him, but he was granted bond and released.
It’s unclear what happened to that case, but five years later he was still in the U.S., where he was arrested for smuggling five other illegal immigrants, according to federal documents. Mr. Garcia was turned over to Homeland Security agents who pushed for a trial, but the local U.S. attorney refused to prosecute, saying there wasn’t a good witness.
Immigration agents again tried to deport Mr. Garcia, but he was again released on bond. A month and a half after he was released, he applied for legal status in the U.S. — despite his criminal record — and in November 2016 the Obama administration approved his work permit, giving him the right to work, get a driver’s license and apply for a Social Security number and taxpayer benefits.
A California congressman, Rep. Duncan Hunter, weighed in on this abuse of a broken immigration system: “This guy is the reason that Trump got elected. 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 got elected. And in California, this is not a fringe case.”
Garcia was mishandled by all three of Homeland Security’s immigration agencies: Customs and Border Protection, ICE, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. All three branches either declined to comment on his case or pointed fingers at others, The Times reports.
Here’s more on the case involving his stepdaughter:
In the latest case, Mr. Garcia apparently had a lengthy relationship with a 15-year-old girl, whom local reports identified as Jennifer Delgado. According to local news reports, Mr. Garcia was also Delgado’s stepfather, and federal documents say they had a one-year-old child together, and that Delgado was nine months pregnant with another child of his.
The one-year-old child would have already been born — to a girl who would have been 14 at the time — when ICE agents and prosecutors last had Mr. Garcia in their custody.
“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 San Antonio.
Federal documents say Mr. Garcia subsequently tried to commit suicide with the .22 caliber weapon used to kill his girlfriend and stepdaughter.
Congressman Hunter added, “This is common sense. 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.”