Published: Fri, February 17, 2017
Tech | By Arthur Brown

Worries heightened in SoCal after arrest of DACA recipient near Seattle

Worries heightened in SoCal after arrest of DACA recipient near Seattle

Federal agents recently rounded up more than 600 immigrants in raids across the USA, but one particular case in the Seattle area is proof, says one activist, that President Donald Trump has declared "open season" on individuals who entered the country illegally - including young people shielded from deportation by the Obama administration.

Daniel Ramirez Medina, 23, was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on Friday, who later called him a self-admitted gang member.

Ramirez was picked up by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers who'd arrived at his home looking for his father, who came to this country from Mexico, according to advocates.

The program protects from deportation 750,000 people who were brought to the United States illegally as children, sometimes called "dreamers".

President Donald Trump made illegal immigration a cornerstone of his campaign, saying he will build a wall along the Mexican border and deport millions of people.

Trump hasn't canceled the DACA program - yet.

Mr Ramirez has filed a lawsuit challenging his detention, which states: "The agents who arrested and questioned Mr Ramirez were aware that he was a DACA recipient, yet they informed him that he would be arrested, detained and deported anyway, because he was not 'born in this country, '".

David Leopold, a Cleveland immigration attorney and past president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said exposing all undocumented immigrants encountered during raids for deportation represents a "major shift" in enforcement that takes the focus away from serious criminals and creates a sense of panic throughout the immigrant community. He appears to be one of the first - if not the first - DACA recipient to be detained since Trump took office.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement would not comment on Medina's tattoo or how it was interpreted.

Ramirez-Medina is now awaiting removal proceedings before an immigration judge with the Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review.

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More than 60 activists gathered at Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in Philadelphia yesterday to protest an immigration arrest.

A case involving an immigrant in former President Barack Obama's deportation protection program may be testing the limits of that program and the Trump administration's treatment of it.

In an interview with ABC News last month, Trump said his administration was devising a policy on how to deal with people covered by DACA, without indicating any concrete plans.

"Yes we worry because they are children who have a proper legal status, it is temporary, but still in force", said Manuel Sada.

"I do have a big heart", he said. "Hopefully. Pray. We're going to pray".

"We are very hopeful it is a mistake", Smith said of Ramirez's arrest.

When news that Daniel Ramirez Medina was detained in Washington state became public this week, a shiver went up the spines of hundreds of thousands of people. His DACA status was renewed previous year. 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 immediate release and an injunction forbidding the government from arresting him again.

A hearing is set for Friday at U.S. District Court in Seattle. At least 680 people were arrested in nationwide ICE raids last week, including dozens of people who had no prior criminal convictions.

ICE Secretary John Kelly said that a majority of the arrests involved "criminal aliens" who had previously been convicted of such crimes as homicide, drug trafficking and sexual assault.

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