Another DREAMer joins the list of those affected the Trump administration. On Sunday, March 26, Immigration Customs and Enforcement officials arrived at the home of Emmanuel Ayala Frutos without a warrant but convinced him to open the door by claiming they needed to discuss his DACA status, according to immigration attorneys in Oregon.
What was supposed to be a short meeting ended with ICE taking the DREAMer into custody.
Although this isn’t the first time that this has happened since Donald Trump became president, this DREAMer suffers from biopolar disorder and claims he hasn’t had access to his medication or wheelchair.
The 21-year-old was hospitalized twice in 2016 for his mental illness, causing his family to be even more concerned for him.
He was also recently involved in an accident, where he was struck by a car while riding his skateboard.
Frutos stayed in the hospital for six weeks after undergoing surgeries for his two broken legs, according to his attorneys. He was using a wheelchair to get around but claims to also have no access to it.
The Washington state resident arrived in the US from Michoacan, Mexico at the age of six.
He earned his DREAMer status in 2013 after being approved for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which allowed him to study, work, and travel without the fear of deportation.
At the time of his arrest, Frutos was in the process of renewing his status as a DREAMer, which had expired two weeks prior.
Rose Richeson, an ICE spokesperson, told Fusion that Frutos was taken into custody for possessing and showing a butterfly knife in November 2016.
But his attorneys argue against this, saying their client was not seen as a danger after meeting with a judge in Clark County, Washington on February 28.
In a statement, published by the ACLU of Oregon, his attorneys wrote:
“The judge found that because of the circumstances of the incident and because it was his sole offense, he was not a danger to the community. He has since completed an anger management program, attended all his court dates and required meetings.”
Richeson didn’t directly respond questions about Frutos’ current medical care in the custody of ICE...
...but said those detained receive a medical, dental, and mental health care screening when they arrive, and are given proper treatment, according to Fusion.
Immigrant advocates have called ICE's actions inhumane and unsafe.
"The Trump administration is increasing its immigration enforcement in the name of making Americans safer. But detaining a 21-year-old Dreamer who has gone to Portland's public schools since he was in kindergarten and is recovering from an injury makes nobody more safe."