Seattle 'Dreamer' sues over his detention under Trump's immigration actions

Cheryl Sanders
February 17, 2017

Ramirez's attorneys say that both he and his brother thought they were protected from deportation under DACA, created by President Obama to temporarily shield immigrants brought illegally to the U.S.as children, as the brothers were.

His attorneys say the arrest violates his constitutional rights to live and work in the United States without the fear of arrest and deportation.

Ethan Dettmer, a partner in the law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher who is one of the lawyers representing Ramirez, said he is not aware of any other DACA recipient who has been arrested.

"Mr. Medina's detention raises serious concerns about the legality of ICE's deportation efforts", Gallego said in his statement, adding that ICE should brief Congress on "the full scope of their deportation activities". But cautions against any greater alarm about the DACA program being targeted for arrests. Given the absolute mess that his first 20 days in office have been, it's hard to believe that he'll make good on that vague promise. La Paz means peace, and BCS stands for Baja California Sur, where Mr. Ramirez was born, Mr. Rosenbaum said.

Ramirez was in custody and unavailable for comment. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) demanded ICE immediately release Ramirez and said Trump "is tearing apart families and striking fear into immigrant communities".


President Trump has pledged to strengthen the USA immigration policy and significantly reduce illegal immigration within the country. Ramirez was quizzed about the tattoo and gang affiliations, to which he responded that he "fled California to escape from the gangs", but "still hangs out with the Paizas in Washington State", the federal court documents say.

Trump campaigned on the progress to halt undocumented immigration, particularly from Mexico, and to roll back Obama-era programs that provide amnesty to immigrants already living in the country.

It "confirms what we have all suspected: The Trump administration is indiscriminately targeting undocumented immigrants, including Dreamers, in raids across the country", Gallego said in a written statement. "They are here illegally".

"The DACA situation is a very, very, it's a very hard thing for me because, you know, I love these kids", Trump said. I do have a big heart. We're going to have a very strong border.

"Agencies shall, to the extent consistent with applicable law, ensure that their privacy policies exclude persons who are not United States citizens or lawful permanent residents from the protections of the Privacy Act regarding personally identifiable information."
He moved with his 3-year-old son to join his father in search of better economic opportunities, according to his lawyers.


Ramirez in his lawsuit is seeking his immediate release and an injunction forbidding the government from arresting him again.

Daniel Ramirez Medina, 23, was arrested Friday in Des Moines, Washington, as Immigration and Customs Enforcement executed a warrant against his father.

Immigration advocates contend that raids last week that apprehended 680 suspects, were broader, in that they swept up non-criminals, children, and even a woman applying for a domestic violence protective order in court.

The officers had arrived at the home to arrest Ramirez's father, though it was unclear why, according to the Reuters report. They took Ramirez in too, despite the fact that he told them about his DACA status.


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