Seattle 'Dreamer' Arrest: ICE Tells Court Man Detained Over Gang Ties

Cheryl Sanders
February 17, 2017

The DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program was initiated in June 2012 by a policy memorandum sent from former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano. The 2012 Obama administration programme allows undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children to remain in the country.

A group of undocumented or Daca-protected immigrants holds a press conference in front of a Trump building in Washington.

"But you have some absolutely incredible kids, I would say mostly, they were brought here in such a way - it's a very, very tough subject", the president said. A move against DACA recipients like Ramirez would represent a significant broadening of immigration enforcement under Trump. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) demanded ICE immediately release Ramirez and said Trump "is tearing apart families and striking fear into immigrant communities". "It's one of the most hard subjects I have because you have these incredible kids". "In some they're having Daca and they're gang members and drug dealers", he said.

Ramirez's arrest comes three weeks after President Trump signed an order regarding the enforcement of immigration laws inside the country. "First, there are no criminal charges".

A man detained by immigration authorities in Seattle despite his protected status under an Obama administration program sued the government Wednesday for violation of his constitutional rights.

He had been approved twice under DACA, according to the documents. Without clarity, many, many more individuals with valid deferred action and work authorizations can expect to qualify for both deferred action from removal, and removal.

Ramirez was brought illegally to the United States from Mexico when he was 7 years old, and has a 3-year-old son born in the U.S. On Feb. 10, according to a court filing from his lawyer, he was arrested when ICE agents served a warrant on Ramirez's father.

His attorneys have filed a petition in federal court seeking his release.


Studzinski made clear that arrests and deportations are nothing new, acknowledging they were prevalent during President Obama's administration.

When ICE agents entered, they questioned Ramirez about his legal status, then took him to a processing center in Seattle.

"While in custody, he was repeatedly pressured by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to falsely admit affiliation", said Dettmer.

"We are hoping this detention was a mistake", he added. "That's what we'll have to watch for".

"Under the old priorities of the Obama administration, he would have never been arrested in the first place", says Mehta.

Homeland Security has said that Mr. Ramirez lost his ability to be part of DACA because of his gang affiliations.

He said Mr. Ramirez has one tattoo, but it doesn't match any known gang tattoo. "We are going to deal with DACA with heart".

Altered or not, the note still ended with him repeating that he was not affiliated with gangs.


The president also said he was planning to issue a new executive order by next week to replace the order that suspended travel from seven Muslim-majority countries and temporarily barred most refugees.

DHS - of which ICE is a part - says that approximately 75 percent of those arrested in the enforcement actions have histories of criminal convictions.

"The fact he had Daca didn't matter".

She declined to elaborate on how they had established this.

Ramirez's lawyers deny the allegation, calling it "preposterous".

The tattoo says "La Paz BCS". "And while utterly implausible and wholly fabricated, these claims still would not be sufficient evidence that Mr. Ramirez is a threat to the public safety or national security", Rosenbaum said, according to the Los Angeles Times. Like Medina, Perez recently had her status renewed for two years.

A hearing on Ramirez's case is scheduled for Friday in Seattle.


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