Judge blasted by Trump over Mexican heritage to hear 'dreamer' case

First-Known DREAMer Deported Under President Trump

The Department of Homeland Security claimed Wednesday Montes no longer qualified for DACA. King tweeted a toast to the U.S. Border Patrol on April 18, 2017, following the deportation of a man whose attorneys say is the first known person who qualifies for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to be removed from the country by President Donald Trump.

Montes has lived in the United States since he was nine.

Juan Manuel Montes, 23, was arrested by Customs and Border Protection officers on February 17 in Calexico, Calif., after he was on his way to take a taxi home from seeing a friend.

He reportedly had no ID and was unable to prove his DACA status was not expired.

Trump has not stated what his policy will be toward people with deferred deportation status, such as DACA recipients.

If Montes did have DACA protection at the time of his deportation, he will reportedly be the first DACA beneficiary to be removed from the U.S. Several others have been arrested and are now detained by immigration officials in a sweep that seemingly occurred around the same time Montes was apprehended in Calexico, California.

On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that Montes' situation was "being looked at" and there "there are some circumstances regarding that, that will need to come out or could be further looked into". CBP also pointed out the fact, acknowledged even in USA Today's report, that Montes was convicted of theft and sentenced to probation.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended the Trump administration's immigration policies Wednesday in response to criticism over the deportation of a 23-year old "DREAMer" who was brought to the country illegally when he was 9.

He went on to say that he believed Curiel was showing bias and that he "happens to be, we believe, Mexican".

"Juan Manuel has been unequivocal in his assertion that he never voluntarily left the country while he had DACA".

While taking a tough line on illegal immigration on the campaign, Trump in February called the DACA program one of the "most hard subjects I have" and expressed sympathy for those brought to the United States as children.

The lawsuit filed on his behalf on Monday by Los Angeles-based National Immigration Law Center demands that the government turn over key information about his sudden forced departure. "We filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to get answers".

A familiar figure will decide Montes's case: U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, the judge President Trump accused of being biased against him in the Trump University fraud case because of his "Mexican heritage". Montes is suing the federal government.

The lawsuit has been seized upon by immigration advocates and critics of the president as proof that his administration is arbitrarily deporting United States residents.

"The immigrant community, we know how border patrol works".



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