President Donald Trump's immigration policy is blunt: His administration is deporting undocumented immigrants, no matter their criminal record. Since Trump's inauguration, deportations have happened faster and in larger groups, according to Vox.
DREAMers haven't been spared either.
ICE arrested the Mexican-native on February 10.
Ramirez had recently moved from California to Washington State to support his 3-year-old son.
ICE came to his Seattle home to remove his father, who had been ordered to leave the US.
Ramirez's lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security alleges that ICE officials asked him if he's a legal resident.
He told them he has a work permit, since he is part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. It didn't matter: ICE officials took him to a detention facility and allegedly told him his work permit doesn't matter because "you weren't born in this country."
Being able to legally work opened doors for Ramirez.
He began picking oranges in central California fields. The difficult job allowed him to support his son without worrying about being deported.
All of that's changed now.
ICE claims Ramirez is a risk because he's allegedly affiliated with a gang.
"Agents said that a tattoo on my arms means I'm in a gang," he wrote. "I got that tattoo when I was 18 to honor La Paz, Mexico, the city where I was born."
Ramirez and his attorneys have accused ICE of tampering with evidence to make it appear that Medina is in a gang.
"Agents interrogated me for hours and insisted I was a gang member because I'm from the Central Valley," Ramirez wrote. "They are all gang members there, they told me. It didn't seem to matter how many times I told them I wasn't."
Ramirez has denied being a gang member, even citing the extensive background check process DREAMers undergo to be covered by DACA.
"They don't even need to take my word for it — the government already knows I'm not a gang member," he wrote. "Like all 'dreamers,' I gave all my personal information and fingerprints to the government to qualify for DACA."
Although Ramirez believes ICE has completely disregarded his DACA status, he considers himself "lucky" because he's received so much support:
"Despite how terrible this situation has been, in some ways, I am still one of the lucky ones," he wrote. "I have an incredible team of lawyers who are helping me every step of the way … I have the support of my family and friends who will not stop fighting for me until I am back home. I have a son who I love and miss every day. And I have received incredible support from people nationwide in a way I never could have imagined."
The DREAMer hopes he'll able to remain in the US.
"This country is my home," he wrote. "This is the America that I love and the America that I hope will stand behind us dreamers."
Read Daniel Ramirez Medina's full editorial at The Washington Post.