Three years ago, Montana dad and undocumented immigrant Audemio Orozco-Ramirez said he was raped by a fellow inmate while in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody. Possible surveillance footage that may have captured the assault mysteriously disappeared. While no criminal charges were ever filed, Jefferson County’s Boulder jail settled with Orozco-Ramirez for $125,000. Now the dad of seven has yet again been targeted by ICE and is yet again facing possible deportation to Mexico within days:
Orozco-Ramirez’s children range between ages four and 19, according to the ACLU, six of whom are U.S. citizens. The oldest is a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient who was given temporary deportation relief and work authorization thanks to an Obama-era executive action. But he may not be able to travel to visit his father if he’s deported. That’s because the Trump administration has effectively ended advance parole, the only way for DACA recipients to exit and re-enter the United States.
Orozco-Ramirez, who has no criminal record, has been in custody since August 2017, when he was taken in by mass deportation agents during what he assumed was a routine check-in. Rather than spending tax dollars prioritizing people who actually do pose a threat to public safety, an unleashed ICE has been sweeping up immigrants who have just been trying to follow the rules in what advocates have termed “silent raids.” Now, Orozco-Ramirez could become their latest victim.