On April 16, 2008 U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe led one of the nation’s largest worksite enforcement actions -resulting in the arrest of more than 300 illegal aliens in a single day. “Operation Plymouth Rock” led to the successful prosecution of hundreds of illegal aliens who committed identity theft and social security fraud to unlawfully gain employment. As the result of John’s efforts, the company which hired the illegal aliens paid a $4.5 million criminal penalty.
“Hundreds arrested in immigration raids”
–NBC News, April 16, 2008
U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe served on the Attorney General’s Advisory Subcommittee on Terrorism and National Security, where he helped to formulate and revise DOJ’s anti-terrorism strategies. Throughout his DOJ tenure, John served as the Chief of the Anti-Terrorism and National Security Section for the Eastern District of Texas, where he personally managed dozens of international and domestic terrorism investigations.
“Ratcliffe helps secure region as director of anti-terrorism for district”
John Ratcliffe prosecuted dozens of individuals on child exploitation charges including the convictions of a Frisco teacher and Nacogdoches sheriff’s deputy on possession of child pornography.
“We are grateful to U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe for his dedication to Texas children”
–Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, March 13, 2008
During John’s tenure as U.S. Attorney, hundreds of drug dealers, cartel members and East Texas methamphetamine producers were taken out of our neighborhoods and sent to prison. “Operation Icebox” resulted in one of the largest meth prosecutions in Texas history.
“Operation Icebox Defendant Sentenced for Drug Crimes”
–Department of Justice, August 30, 2007
John has shown zero tolerance for public officials and civil servants who abuse their power. Under his watch, an Assistant District Attorney, multiple sheriff’s deputies and constables were all convicted on fraud and corruption charges.
As a Texas mayor, the worst economic recession of our lifetime didn’t stop John from balancing eight straight budgets without raising taxes. He also successfully operated and managed a $12 million budget allocated to him by the U.S. Department of Justice.
As mayor of Heath, Texas Ratcliffe created a “Hometown Heroes” recognition program to honor soldiers returning from active duty. These brave men and women were recognized at the City Council meeting and presented with a Welcome Home Challenge Coin. Their families were also thanked for their sacrifices.
John has received commendations from the Federal Bureau of Investigations, U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.