GOP Lawmaker: ‘How Many Americans Must Die At Hands’ of Illegal Immigrants?
A top House Republican is blaming President Obama’s immigration policies for the death of a U.S. Air Force veteran who was allegedly raped and murdered by an illegal immigrant freed just days earlier after posting bail on drug and weapons charges.
“How many Americans must die at the hands of unlawful criminal immigrants before the Obama Administration takes a serious look at the failure of its own policies?” House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.) said Friday.
Goodlatte issued the statement in response to the August 1 death of Marilyn Pharis, a 64-year-old woman from Santa Maria, Calif., who was brutally attacked in her home on July 24. Police arrested two men for the crime, one of whom, Victor Ramirez, had been released from jail on July 20.
“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement asked Santa Barbara custody officials to put a detention hold on [Ramirez] last year after he was charged with felony assault with intent to commit sexual assault,” according to the Los Angeles Times. “The detainer was meant to ensure Ramirez would be transferred into federal custody before his release. But his case was downgraded to a misdemeanor. . . . Federal officials said they declined to issue an immigration detainer on Ramirez last month because his case history failed to turn up any deportations or felony criminal convictions.”
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