President Donald Trump’s aggressive immigration plans continue. Less than a week after a mother of two was deported back to Mexico, Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested Daniel Ramirez Medina – a DREAMer.
Ramirez entered the US without proper documentation when he was seven years old and called California home, where he attended school, according to The New York Times. But he moved to Washington state to find a better-paying job to support his three-year-old son.
The 23-year-old was staying with family in Seattle when ICE arrived to arrest his father, who had already been ordered for deportation. According to a lawsuit against the federal government filed on Monday, ICE asked Ramirez, “Are you legally here?” The Mexican-born immigrant said, “Yes, I have a work permit.” But that wasn’t enough for ICE officers.
he was taken into a Seattle facility, he gave over his wallet, which had his
work permit inside. Ramirez has been allowed to reside and work in the US under
the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) since 2014. Despite seeing his work
permit, ICE officers reportedly told Ramirez:
It doesn’t matter because you weren’t born in this country.
The young father is being held in a detention center in Tacoma, Washington.
ICE has defended its actions by claiming there is evidence that Ramirez is involved in gang activity and is considered a “risk to public safety,” but Ramirez has fought against this allegation.
“While in custody, he was repeatedly pressured by US Immigration and Customs Enforcements agents to falsely admit affiliation,” said Mark Rosenbaum, one of Ramirez’s lawyers.
The Obama administration made it possible for 750,000 immigrants to achieve their American Dream without fear of deportation through DACA. But the Trump administration may now be going back on their word.
Throughout his presidential campaign, Trump vowed to do away with DACA, but in a later interview with Time magazine he was more sympathetic, saying:
We’re going to work something out that’s going to make people happy and proud.
But it looks as if Ramirez may be the first DREAMer affected by Trump and his goal to deport undocumented immigrants by the millions. Tensions have risen recently over the increasing number of arrests made by ICE, who say they’re targeting those with criminal records. But Ramirez hasn’t committed a crime.
A federal magistrate judge has asked the Department of Homeland Security to state whether Ramirez is still detained by Thursday morning. If he is, officials will need to defend Ramirez’s arrest. A hearing has been set for Friday to learn more about Ramirez and his possible deportation.