Lawmakers Protest Arrest of DACA Recipient; ICE Says He Admitted Gang Ties

Cheryl Sanders
February 17, 2017

Ramirez Medina has a work permit under Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA. His work permit should have been valid for at least another year, according to his attorneys.

Earlier this week lawyers for Ramirez Median filed a lawsuit against the department of homeland security challenging his detention, prompting US magistrate judge to order the government to formally justify his detention by Thursday morning.

"ICE officers took Mr. Ramirez into custody based on his admitted gang affiliation and risk to public safety", Richeson said.

United States immigration authorities arrested a Mexican man without residency papers even though he has special status protecting him from deportation, lawyers and the government said.

United States immigration authorities arrested at least 680 people across the country last week for expulsion as part of President Donald Trump's pledge to crack down on people, mostly Latinos, who are in the country illegally. He said the issue was a tough one because, while a majority of those benefiting from the program are "absolutely incredible kids", others are "gang members, and they're drug dealers, too".

Some 750,000 are in the country under the DACA programme.

More than two dozen protesters gathered Tuesday night on Tacoma's Tideflats outside the Northwest Detention Center, where federal immigration authorities earlier brought a Seattle man who came to the US from Mexico as a child.

The agent concluded that Ramirez Medina no longer qualified for the DACA program due to gang association and he was taken to the detention center.

They have current DACA credentials, the attorneys say, that allow them and an estimated 750,000 other "Dreamers", as such young people are known, to work and stay in the US if they renew their status every two years and do not commit significant crimes. Ramirez had recently moved to Washington from California, where he had attended school, and he has a 3-year-old son, who is a US citizen. He first received DACA status in 2014, then had it renewed previous year, his attorneys say, meaning he should have been protected until 2018.

The officers had arrived at the home to arrest Ramirez's father, though it was unclear why, according to the Reuters report.

"Following his arrest, Mr. Ramirez's father granted the ICE officers permission to enter his home so that he could inform his two sons about his arrest".

After the arrest, according to the complaint, the agents asked Ramirez, "Are you legally here?"

Ramirez was reportedly asked if he was in the country illegally, and told the agents he had a work permit.

The Department of Homeland Security said in a statement Ramirez was being held at a detention center in Tacoma pending deportation proceedings.

Rosenbaum said he believes the arrest was a mistake. These operations targeted public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members, as well as individuals who have violated our nation's immigration laws, including those who illegally re-entered the country after being removed and immigration fugitives ordered removed by federal immigration judges. True to his nightmarish plan for the first 100 days in office, the administration has begun the work of making life in this country immensely hard for immigrants. "Those persons will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and, when appropriate, arrested by ICE", the agency said.

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