US Detains Mexican Despite Legal Work Permit
Feb 16, 2017 04:26 AM EST
Despite having a valid work permit, a 23-year-old Mexican man who was brought to the US illegally at the age of seven has been arrested and detained,
Daniel Ramirez Medina was protected from expulsion under one of President Barack Obama's policies. According to BBC, Mr Ramirez has no criminal record, and was arrested on Friday and is being held in Tacoma, Washington. He also has a job and a young son.
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) specialists had intended to arrest his father at home in Seattle, additionally confined Mr Ramirez. In an announcement, an ICE representative said the 23-year-old had told operators he was a gang member and was arrested for being a hazard to public safety.
One of Ramirez's lawyers, Mark Rosenbaum, said he "unequivocally denies being in a gang". He said Mr Ramirez had been repeatedly pressured by custom agents while in custody to erroneously confess to gang link, Reuters explained.
Ramirez's legal team stated that this could be the first case under the Trump organization that a man secured by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, has been taken into immigration custody.
DACA was set up in 2012 by President Obama to permit those conveyed to America while young to go to school and work without dread of deportation. There are more than 740,000 individuals in the program.
They are regularly known as "dreamers" - a name taken from the fizzled 2010 DREAM Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) - a bill which meant to help young illegal immigrants to be US citizens. The arrest is being viewed as noteworthy given Mr Trump's long-standing guarantee of a immigration clampdown.
In January, Trump issued an executive order extending the remit of Homeland Security authorities so they can target foreigners with genuine criminal records, as well as those with minor offenses or no convictions to their names.
Many undocumented migrants have been arrest recently in at least 11 states throughout United States.