Trump promises to treat Dreamers with 'great heart'

Cheryl Sanders
February 17, 2017

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents had meant to arrest his father at home in Seattle, but also detained Mr Ramirez.

The complaint alleges that agents violated Ramirez's Fifth Amendment due process rights by failing to adhere to the terms of DACA.

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 children, as the brothers were.

ICE agents then asked whether Ramirez was legally in the country, to which he replied, "Yes, I have a work permit", before declining to answer any further questions. He applied for and received DACA work status two years ago.

Under President Donald Trump, all undocumented immigrants in the US risk deportation, members of Congress said following a Thursday meeting with a top Immigration and Customs Enforcement official.

Ramirez's lawyers have filed suit in federal court saying their client is being unlawfully held by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

"The DACA situation is a very difficult thing for me as I love these kids, I love kids, I have kids and grandkids and I find it very hard doing what the law says exactly to do and, you know, the law is rough", he said. Suddenly there were five police cars surrounding us. In the past four-plus years, an estimated 1,500 Dreamers have lost their DACA status because of gang links or serious crimes.

His lawyers say the gang accusation is false.

Ramirez Medina's detention could receive a response from Obama, who promised to speak out on behalf of DACA recipients if they ever became the target of the Trump administration. But the U.S. Justice Department says the court has no authority over the case. Reuters reported that Ramirez, a Mexican immigrant, has no criminal record.

A congressman who represents portions of Southern California said Thursday he was prevented from meeting with a top immigration official and discussing concerns among his constituents who fear deportation.

In Thursday's statement, the city urged people "to keep calm and refer to reliable information sources before deciding that they could be at risk".

Under 2014 guidance from the Obama administration, someone would be a deportation priority for gang activity only if they had been convicted of an offense in connection with the gang, although there was room for discretion on the part of immigration officials.

He was detained by US Customs and Enforcement Agents, who were looking for his Father. Family members and supporters have been gathering outside the facility to call for immigration reform and better treatment of the detainees.

Federal immigration agents say they arrested a Seattle man who came to the the USA illegally when he was 7 years old, despite his protection from deportation under an Obama administration program, because he admitted to several connections with street gangs.

Daniel Ramirez Medina, 23, a Mexican immigrant with a work permit who was arrested last week near Seattle, Washington, is seen in this undated photo released February 16, 2017.

The almost 750,000 recipients of the program, known as Dreamers after the failed Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, have been at the center of the immigration debate.

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