On July 24, 2011, Jose Guadalupe Ramirez-Ambriz, 38, was arrested by deputies with the Alamance County Sheriff's Office (ACSO) and charged with a DUI. He was booked into the Alamance County Jail on that same day, with an immigration detainer in place.
On August 9, 2011, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents picked up Ramirez-Ambriz and transported him to their facility in Gainesville, GA.
Then, sometime after April 26, 2012, ICE released Ramirez-Ambriz, despite the fact that he had 3 DUIs in North Carolina, alone, as well as a criminal record in both Utah and Oregon.
With the help of the Obama administration, Ramirez-Ambriz has fled and is now considered a fugitive. He is also currently wanted on multiple counts of first-degree statutory sex offense with a child under age 13 and indecent liberties with a minor.
All thanks to President Obama's policy of 'prosecutorial discretion.'
However, it is apparently not enough for Obama to simply release dangerous foreign criminals back onto our streets, now he is trying to punish any local law enforcement agency which dares to arrest those inside this country illegally, as well.
In 2012, the Special Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ began an investigation of the Alamance County Sheriff's Office (ACSO), accusing Sheriff Terry Johnson of "racial profiling" and "discrimination" against unlicensed Latino drivers.
Basically, the DOJ was upset that ACSO deputies were discovering large numbers of illegal aliens from Mexico in their county, and rightly identifying some of them for deportation.
The Alamance County Sheriff's Office's egregious pattern of racial profiling violates the Constitution and federal laws, creates distrust between the police and the community, and inhibits the reporting of crime and cooperation in criminal investigation. Constitutional policing and effective law enforcement go hand-in-hand. We hope to resolve the concerns outlined in our findings by working collaboratively with ACSO, but we will not hesitate to take appropriate legal action if ACSO chooses a different course.
Among other allegations against ACSO deputies, Perez claimed:
-A study of ACSO’s traffic stops on three major county roadways found that deputies were between four and 10 times more likely to stop Latino drivers than non-Latino drivers.
-ACSO uses jail booking and detention practices, including practices related to immigration status checks, that discriminate against Latinos.
A few days later, the left-wing website INDYweek.com reported:
Marty Rosenbluth, a Durham attorney who has specialized in defending Latino drivers, celebrated the DOJ release.
"This is confirmation for what we've been saying since 2008," Rosenbluth said. "It's just a huge relief to see that the Alamance County sheriff is finally going to be held accountable for racial profiling."
Rosenbluth is the head of the North Carolina Immigrant Rights Project, which helped secure the release of Ramirez-Ambriz, now accused of sexually assaulting a little girl in Alamance County.
In his letter to ICE Chief Counsel Alfie Owens, Rosenbluth stated that Ramirez-Ambriz and his girlfriend (also an illegal alien) were both "cooperating with the Dept. of Justice investigation into racial profiling by ACSO, which if proved would be a clear violation of their civil rights..."
Rosenbluth argued that it would violate the Obama administration's guidelines to deport either of these Mexican nationals while the DOJ investigation was still open.
Now for some facts...
During 2011, ACSO deputies made 3,696 traffic stops and of those, only 466 (12.6 percent) involved "Spanish-speaking drivers," according to ACSO data.
Furthermore, those same traffic stops resulted in the arrest of only 1.7 percent of "Spanish-speaking drivers."
This, though the DOJ claimed that ACSO deputies "were between four and 10 times more likely to stop Latino drivers than non-Latino drivers."
In a March 2013 memo to county commissioners, Alamance County Attorney Clyde Albright stated: "The DOJ apparently is relying on witness statements procured by Fairness Alamance based upon promises of deferred action."
The DOJ investigation remains open, and though Sheriff Johnson has denied any wrongdoing by his deputies, he has fully cooperated with what appears to be nothing more than yet another Obama/Holder witchunt.
In conclusion, a criminal alien has been released and is still on the loose, a young girl has been robbed of her innocence, a good law enforcement officer's reputation has been attacked and the man behind it all, Thomas Perez, has become President Obama's Secretary of Labor.
It is more than obvious that the Obama administration has no intention of enforcing immigration laws in any meaningful way, and is now not only releasing dangerous foreign criminals back into our communities, but is now using the full measure of their power to malign and harass local law enforcement officers who choose to actually defend their citizens.
Sadly, ours is no longer a nation of laws, but one of men (or at least males).