Obama Has Turned North Carolina Into a Border State

By Dave Gibson
Volume 24, Number 1 (Fall 2013)
Issue theme: "Stolen lives"

In recent years, the illegal alien population in North Carolina has exploded thanks to “sanctuary policies” in several cities and counties throughout the state.

Most recently, the welcome mat was made even larger for those who enter this country illegally by the Tarheel State, when North Carolina’s Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) began issuing driver’s licenses to illegal aliens.

In March 2013, the DMV started handing out licenses to illegal aliens eligible for President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, better known as the “DREAM Act amnesty order.”

On February 14, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Transportation Tony Tata, told reporters:

“We make this decision knowing we must balance the public safety and rights of citizens who have lawful status with the newly accorded status of those who are legally present and wish to become citizens.”

Tata was joined by Guilford County Sheriff B.J. Barnes, who rather strangely stated: “This is an issue where we need to do something for citizens, citizens who are here and need to be dealt with.”

So...According to Sheriff Barnes, if a foreign national arrived in this before the age of 16, they are now a “citizen.”

Of course, this decision was made over the very loud objections of most North Carolinians. However, as is so often the case, the desire for cheap labor and commerce has trumped the rule of law and the safety of the citizens.

What follows are the inevitable and in many cases, deadly results of years of looking the other way, as thousands of unscrupulous businesses hire those here illegally:

Mexican cartel-style express kidnappings

On April 25, 2013, Jorge Rentas, Alejandro Zambrano, Gema Yadaria Zambrano, and Orlando Zambrano were all arraigned in a Newton courtroom. All four have been charged with kidnapping.

The defendants reportedly abducted Alfonso Moreno outside a Lowe’s store in Hickory.

WSOC-TV reported:

“His girlfriend, who asked we not show her face, said Moreno had gone to buy curtains for their home.

About an hour after leaving she started getting phone calls demanding a $200,000 ransom for his safe return.

‘Twelve o’clock was what they said was it or they would kill him. This is bad, this is bad. They want us to come through with some money now or we are not going to make it,’ she said.

‘We believe he was specifically targeted because he had access to money and that he could get money for his release,’ said Capt. Reed Baer with Hickory police.

According to a search warrant, police traced the phone calls to a mobile home in southeast Hickory where they made the arrest after finding Moreno restrained. Inside they recovered several guns, rope, and a roll of duct tape. Moreno’s girlfriend has a message for police.”

At least three of the suspects are in the country illegally, according to police.

According to the Council for Law and Human Rights (CLDH), an average of 49 kidnappings occurred every day in Mexico in 2011, with a total of 17,889 abductions last year.

However, that figure does not include so-called “express kidnappings,” in which the victim is only held hostage for a short time, usually a few hours. The victim is abducted and forced to withdraw money from an ATM, or their family is asked for ransom money before being released.

The CLDH reports that hundreds of these types of abductions take place in Mexico City on a daily basis.

Such abductions have been taking place in the American Southwest for several years...

• In August 2010, an 18-year-old woman was reunited with her family, 19 hours after she was abducted in San Juan, Texas. The victim, whose name was withheld, was walking to a friend’s house when a black van pulled up beside her and three men jumped out and forced her into the vehicle.

According to San Juan Police Chief Juan Gonzalez, the woman was blindfolded and driven back across the border to Reynosa, where she was eventually left in a field.

The assailants quickly began calling her family, demanding ransom in exchange for her release. FBI agents and Hidalgo County sheriff’s deputies negotiated with her abductors.

Realizing that the woman’s family could not pay, they tossed her out of their vehicle.

Fortunately, the girl had a cell phone which the kidnappers did not find.

• In November 2009, a McAllen, Texas man was taken at gunpoint from a Starbucks Coffee store and driven back to Reynosa. The kidnappers demanded $30,000 in ransom from the man’s family. The man was later found bound and beaten.

• In August 2008, Reuters reported on an American businesswoman identified only as “Veronica,” who had been kidnapped a few months earlier. As she was exiting her car in California, two men forced her into the passenger seat at gunpoint, then shoved her teenaged daughter into the back seat and took the pair to Mexico.

The kidnappers drove through the border checkpoint in San Diego, bringing the mother and daughter to Tijuana. The two were held captive for a month until their family paid a ransom of $100,000.

Veronica said of her experience: “We got an automatic green light to go through Mexican customs and then we were blindfolded and taken to a house in Tijuana. They held a pistol to my stomach all the time we were in the car.”

Of course, as illegal immigration becomes a national problem, the violent crimes associated with it have also spread to every city and town across the nation.

Incidentally, it is 1,168 miles from the border city of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico to Hickory, North Carolina.

Illegal aliens are raping their way through North Carolina’s children

Not surprisingly, as with any location that has a large concentration of Mexican and Central American illegal aliens, the children are truly paying the price for that so-called “cheap labor.”

A very cursory search turned up the following sex crimes against children, in which an illegal alien has either been charged or convicted in North Carolina in the first 10 days of March 2013, alone:

• Suspect: Francisco Jose Perez Santiago, 20

Charge(s): First-degree statutory rape and indecent liberties with a child

Victim: 12-year-old girl

Location: Cleveland County

On March 10, the Gaston Gazette reported:

A judge sentenced Santiago to 16 to 24 years in prison. Santiago also received a one- to two-year suspended sentence that could be activated if he violates probation after completing his prison sentence.

Assistant District Attorney Beth Lari said Santiago had moved into the home with the girl and her mother as a roommate.

‘Within a few weeks of moving in, he began to sexually assault the 12-year-old daughter,’ Lari said.

Lari said the girl told her mother and she was taken to Kings Mountain Hospital not long after the assault.

“(The doctor) located physical evidence of sexual assault, Kings Mountain Police Department interviewed the victim and picked up the suspect,” Lari said. “He confessed to sexual acts with a child.”

• Suspect: Jose Guadalupe Ramirez-Ambriz, 38

Charges: First-degree sex offense with a child under 13 and indecent liberties with a minor

Victim: Girl under 13 years of age

Location: Alamance County

On March 8, the Times-News reported:

Jose Guadalupe Ramirez-Ambriz, 38, is wanted on multiple counts of first-degree sex offense with a child under 13 and indecent liberties with a minor. He’s being sought by detectives with the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals’ Fugitive Task Force.

Ramirez-Ambriz’s last known address was on Calloway Drive in Mebane. He is also known as Jose Ramires and Jose Guadalupe.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, detectives initiated an investigation after receiving a report from the Alamance County Department of Social Services. The report came after the DSS received information about the alleged offenses from a school counselor. The alleged victim is a female younger than 13.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Ramirez-Ambriz has arrest histories in Alamance and Johnston counties, as well as in Hendersonville. He was also arrested in both Oregon and Utah.

• Suspect: Francisco Vasquez-Garcia, 44

Charge(s): First-degree rape, four counts of statutory rape, and two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child

Victim: 13-year-old girl

Location: Cary

On March 6, the News-Observer reported:

Police have charged a 44-year-old man with two counts of first-degree rape, four counts of statutory rape, and two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child.

Francisco Vasquez-Garcia was being held at the Wake County Detention Center in lieu of $6.1 million bail.

In an arrest report, police said Vasquez-Garcia lives at 202 Hickory St. in the McSwain Mobile Home Park and works as a cook at a restaurant.

The first-degree rape charges both involve the same girl when she was younger than 13.

[...] Papers filed with the charges say he was arrested on the Texas-Mexico border on a charge of being in the country illegally and that he is from El Salvador.

• Suspect: Luis Eduardo Sanchez, 33

Charge(s): Statutory rape, statutory sexual offense, and one count of indecent liberties with a child

Victim: 14-year-old girl

Location: Onslow County

On March 5, WCTI 12 reported:

Luis Eduardo Sanchez, 33, of Wilmington Highway in Jacksonville, and Alonzo Lee Davenport, 39, of Picket Road in Jacksonville, were arrested on March 4.

According to Onslow County deputies, the suspects picked up a 14-year-old runaway on Wilmington Highway in November of last year. The suspects then allegedly took her to a home, where they sexually assaulted her.

Sanchez and Davenport were each charged for one count of statutory rape of a person who is 14 years old, one count of statutory sexual offense of a person who is 14 years old, and one count of indecent liberties with a child. Both suspects were held under $200,000 secured bonds.

-Suspect: Jorge Alberto Juarez-Lopez, 38

Charge(s): Statutory rape, rape, first degree sexual offense child

Victim: 6-year-old girl

Location: Durham County

Juarez-Lopez was charged with raping his own 6-year-old daughter.

With so many illegal aliens, our soldiers may be safer in Afghanistan

On February 20, 2013, police in Fayetteville arrested Francisco Echeverria, 24, after he gunned down 50-year-old Craig Spencer Morris, who was riding his motorcycle at the time.

Around 3 a.m., February 19, police discovered a mortally wounded Morris lying near his wrecked motorcycle in the 4200 block of Bragg Boulevard. He had been shot once in the chest.

Morris was transported to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where he was soon pronounced dead.

According to detectives, a verbal altercation between Morris and Echeverria in the parking lot of the Carolina Square strip mall preceded the shooting.

Fayetteville Police Lt. Chris Davis told WRAL: “Apparently, some words were exchanged. What the conversation was about, I do not know.”

Morris was a retired U.S. Marine.

During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that Echeverria is in the country illegally.

Echeverria has been charged with first-degree murder.

Of course, this was not the first soldier in the state of North Carolina to fall victim to an open border…

In August 2012, the U.S. Marshal’s Office arrested Tobijah Nelson, 28, in Queens, N.Y., after the Jamaican national spent more than three years on the run, following the murder of Army Spc. Charles Clements at a Spring Lake nightclub.

Nelson has been charged with accessory after the fact to the murder.

WRAL reported:

“Clements, a 27-year-old soldier based in Fort Hood, Texas, went to a friend’s birthday party at the Ikola Jamaican Restaurant and Lounge on March 29, 2009. Nelson and another man, Demar Bryan, 24, were regular customers at the nightclub.

That night, Bryan allegedly began arguing with a woman outside. Clements intervened on the woman’s behalf and began arguing with Bryan.

Investigators said Bryan followed Clements back inside and shot him while on the dance floor. Clements was home on leave from Afghanistan and was due to return to war the following week. Mwebe, Clements’ friend, was also injured in the gunfire.”

Bryan was apprehended a few months later in Florida, extradited to Cumberland County, and charged with murder.

Both Bryan and Nelson are high-level drug traffickers with a long history of violence, and both are also in this country illegally from Jamaica.

Clements had no connection to the two suspects and was simply attempting to defend a young lady from the drug dealer harassing her, according to police.

Clements left behind three young children.

Obama administration aids North Carolina’s illegal alien child molesters

Jose Guadalupe Ramirez-Ambriz, 38, is currently wanted on multiple counts of first-degree statutory sex offense with a child under the age of 13 and indecent liberties with a minor. He is currently on the run, and investigators with the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) and the U.S. Marshals’ Fugitive Task Force are searching for the illegal alien.

The Times-News reported:

According to the Sheriff’s Office, detectives initiated an investigation after receiving a report from the Alamance County Department of Social Services. The report came after the DSS received information about the alleged offenses from a school counselor. The alleged victim is a female younger than 13.

As with all crimes committed by illegal aliens, this latest tragedy was 100 percent preventable.

However, this one is doubly maddening due to the fact that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) actually had Ramirez-Ambriz in custody and released him, apparently at the request of an illegal alien advocacy group known as the North Carolina Immigrant Rights Project (NCIRP).

Recently, Alamance County Attorney Clyde Albright sent a memo to county commissioners, detailing the apparent influence the NCIRP has over ICE...

On July 24, 2011, Ramirez-Ambriz 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, ICE picked up Ramirez-Ambriz and transported him to their facility in Gainesville, GA.

Prosecutors in Alamance County only agreed to drop the charges against Ramirez-Ambriz because they were told he was being deported.

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.

So, why did they release him?

Because attorney Marty Rosenbluth, who runs the NCIRP, asked them to exercise the Obama administration’s policy of “prosecutorial discretion,” as Rosenbluth claimed that the Mexican national’s removal “would not serve any interests of the United States.”

Rosenbluth was also concerned that if Ramirez-Ambriz and his girlfriend (who was arrested with him) were deported, their four children might not “be able to adapt, as they have never been outside of the U.S. They are also concerned that they will not be able to afford adequate healthcare due to the low wages and high unemployment in Mexico.”

Sometime after Rosenbluth sent this letter to Alfie Owens, Chief Counsel with ICE, Ramirez-Ambriz was released from ICE custody.

On February 26, 2013, ACSO detectives began an investigation after a school counselor reported the sexual abuse of a young girl, allegedly committed by Ramirez-Ambriz.

Unfortuntaley, the Mexican national has fled the area and investigators believe he may be headed back across the border.

Ramirez-Ambriz’s last known address was on Calloway Drive in Mebane. He also uses the aliases Jose Ramires and Jose Guadalupe.

What role did Obama’s Department of Justice (DOJ) play in this predator’s release?

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.

In a September 2012 press release, U.S. Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez stated:

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 liberal 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.”

Of course, 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 his recently released 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 witch hunt.

On February 2, Sheriff Johnson suffered a heart attack and only recently returned to work on a full-time basis.

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 been promoted to 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 also 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).

About the author

Dave Gibson, a former legislative aide to a Virginia state senator, has been working as a freelance writer for many years. His work has been published in many newspapers and magazines, including the Washington Times.