Published: Fri, February 17, 2017
Industry | By Faith Ward

Lawyers sue after Seattle 'Dreamer' arrested

Lawyers sue after Seattle 'Dreamer' arrested

While it appears that Ramirez wasn't targeted because of his DACA status, that protection wasn't enough to prevent him from getting arrested - and that has immigration advocates and attorneys anxious.

Daniel Ramirez Medina, a 23-year-old with no criminal record who was brought to the United States from Mexico when he was seven years old, was arrested last Friday in Seattle despite the fact that he was twice granted a work permit under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) program.

Fresco, a former deputy assistant attorney general for the department's civil division, had predicted that formerly protected people would be arrested after Trump signed an executive order giving the government wide leeway to deport anyone officials thought had "committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense".

23-year-old Daniel Ramirez Medina was arrested and detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Friday. DACA recipients were brought to the their parents when they were young, they have graduated from USA high schools, they never returned to their country of origin and have no criminal record.

Mr. Ramirez was asleep at his father's home in Seattle, Washington when the agents arrived and arrested Mr. Ramirez's father.

Ramirez came to the United States with his parents when he was seven.

This allows Ramirez, who now has a toddler son born in the United States, to live and work legally in the country for at least two more years.

Under 2014 guidance from the Obama administration, someone would be a deportation priority for gang activity only if they had been convicted of an offence in connection with the gang, although there was room for discretion on the part of immigration officials.

Ramirez's lawyers have filed suit in federal court saying their client is being unlawfully held by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

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Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) sent a letter to DHS Secretary John Kelly on Tuesday arguing that Ramirez's arrest "would not be the first time that ICE has targeted an individual for enforcement based on unfounded allegations".

That's all in preparation for a hearing in the case that Donohue set for 10 a.m. Friday.

"Since the start of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in 2012, approximately 1,500 recipients have had their deferred action terminated due to a criminal conviction, gang affiliation, or a criminal conviction related to gang affiliation", the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, under which immigration enforcement agents operate, said in a statement. ICE must provide answers and release Daniel immediately.

Ramirez-Medina's father was not taken into custody, despite that being the purported goal of the raid.

Ramirez was a "self-admitted gang member", said Rose Richeson, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), in a statement.

DACA recipients "made a commitment" to give the government their information and submit to background checks, and in exchange the government promised that they wouldn't be deported as long as they contributed to society, Dettmer said. "Seattle stands with Daniel and we will not back down until he is free".

ICE has since called Ramirez a "self-admitted gang member", as a defense for their arrest.

Rosenbaum agreed. 'We have no reason to believe that [the DACA] promise will be broken, ' he said.

AS A candidate, Donald Trump pledged "zero tolerance for criminal aliens", a stance, stripped of its tough-guy rhetoric, that might not have represented too drastic a departure from President Barack Obama's prioritization of undocumented felons for deportation.

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