ICE claims detained DACA recipient has gang ties

The lead lawyer for a Seattle-area man detained by immigration agents despite his participation in a federal program to protect those brought to the USA illegally as children is calling the arrest of Daniel Ramirez Medina a "bogus operation".

Medina has twice been granted deferred action and employment authorization under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, his lawyers said. His work permit should have been valid for at least another year, according to his attorneys.

The allegation of government misconduct is outlined in a brief filed by Ramirez Medina's lawyers in US District Court in Seattle.

But according to an additional declaration filed to the court, the statement returned to Medina by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials five days later says: "I have gang affiliation with gangs so I wear an orange uniform".

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: To me, it's one of the most hard subjects I have because you have these incredible kids in many cases, not in all cases.

About 750,000 young immigrants - referred to as DREAMers (because of the protections sought for them by the DREAM Act) - were shielded from deportation and received work permits under President Obama's 2012 executive actions that de-prioritized the deportations of undocumented immigrants with no criminal records. He says a difference in approach under the new president is already very apparent.

It "confirms what we have all suspected: The Trump administration is indiscriminately targeting undocumented immigrants, including Dreamers, in raids across the country", Gallego said in a written statement.

The agent concluded that Ramirez Medina no longer qualified for the DACA program due to gang association and he was taken to the detention center. "President Obama created DACA because it is callous to target people who had no say in how they arrived here as children, and because it is foolish to kick out young people who pose no threat, instead of welcoming their talents and contributions to our society".

Ramirez came to the United States when he was 7 years old.

ICE arrested Ramirez's father this week because he had been deported previously. After making the arrest, they allegedly went back into the house and confronted Ramirez. The papers allege the ICE officials asked if Ramirez was in the state legally and he responded that he was. He was taken to a holding facility after telling them he had a work permit. "He was arrested February 10 by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and transferred to the Northwest Detention Center to await the outcome of removal proceedings before an immigration judge with the Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review".

Another of Medina's lawyers, Ethan Dettmer, said Mendoza was given no reason for his arrest, except that he was not born in the United States.

Ramirez's attorneys said his "unprecedented and unjustified" arrest was a clear broken promise by the federal government.

"As far as we know, there hasn't been a situation like this", said the Kent-based lawyer, adding he was inclined to believe it was "just a one-time circumstance". "Did you see that?' And they say, 'No, somebody else told me.' And that's when we see it's not real, the ICE activity in the community", Sosa said. True to his nightmarish plan for the first 100 days in office, the administration has begun the work of making life in this country immensely hard for immigrants.



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