The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials confirmed to local media that Ramirez was deported in 2018. She returned twice to the U.S. in 2019 and was deported each time before returning again at an unknown date.
In 2019, after having been convicted of illegal reentry, Ramirez spent just ten days in jail. ICE agents have asked the Santa Clara County Jail to turn Ramirez over to their custody if she is released at any time, but California’s expansive sanctuary state policy protects criminal illegal aliens from arrest and deportation.
Ramirez’s attorney said the suspect’s illegal alien status “has no nexus to and no bearing on her guilt or innocence” in the kidnapping case.
Late last month in San Jose, California, police alleged that Ramirez and Portillo conspired to kidnap Cuellar while his grandmother watched him. The kidnapping came, police allege after Ramirez befriended the grandmother at church and instantly became “obsessed” with the newborn.