How did prison guard get accused of faking U.S. citizenship? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/29/10

How did prison guard get accused of faking U.S. citizenship?

By James Clark | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – KCBD NewsChannel 11 is learning more about the case of a prison guard who was arrested but then cleared of criminal charges. Federal prosecutors could re-file charges against Jose Ramirez-Pizarro. But, Ramirez-Pizarro is now free to go back to work at the Giles Dalby Correctional facility in Post. 

Federal agents escorted Ramirez-Pizarro into the Lubbock County jail on April 15th.  A federal judge agreed to let prosecutors drop the charges of false representation of U.S. citizenship and false statements on passport application Wednesday. His family said all along that he was innocent. 

There may be a very simple explanation as to how a U.S. citizen was accused of being an illegal alien. Ramirez-Pizarro has not one but two birth certificates. His family says he was born in Floydada and a San Antonio immigration judge on March 10th 1994 concluded that he is a U.S. citizen. The Texas Department of Health agrees.

At the time of his birth, the family also applied for a birth certificate in Torreon, Caohuila Mexico.  KCBD NewsChannel 11 has been told that it is common among families with deep ties to Mexico to get birth certificates in both countries.  But Ramirez-Pizarro was a newborn baby at the time. Should he be the one held responsible for a decision his family made at the time of his birth?

The office of U.S. Attorney has "no comment or statement to make."  Ramirez-Pizarro is reluctant to talk on the advice of his attorney. The family has not ruled out the possibility of talking to KCBD NewsChannel 11 on camera, and we continue to gather details on this story and will bring you the latest as it becomes available.

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