Immigrant protected under Obama-era program arrested in Seattle

Seattle immigrant protected by Obama arrested

Seattle immigrant protected by Obama arrested

The federal government has granted Ramirez deferred action and an employment authorization card under President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, allowing him to remain in the country and work lawfully despite being undocumented.

A 23-year-old man who was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents in Seattle on February 10 says his constitutional rights have been violated, and he is suing the US government for his release.

Attorneys for Ramirez argue the arrest violates his constitutional rights to live and work in this country without the fear of arrest and deportation so long as he satisfies DACA requirements. Immigration officials said he was taken into custody based "on his admitted gang affiliation and risk to public safety".

In response, one of Ramirez's lawyers said his client "unequivocally denies being in a gang".

US authorities detained a Mexican immigrant protected by an Obama-era program that defers deportation for thousands of young illegal immigrants known as "dreamers", the man's lawyer claimed in a court filing this week. "This case should not see the inside of a courtroom", Rosenbaum said.

Despite having no criminal record and working papers, a 23-year-old "dreamer" protected under Obama's DACA immigration order has been detained by immigration enforcement agents.

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Over the past week, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, or ICE, has carried out a series of raids around the country resulting in hundreds of arrests of non-legal immigrants. They tell CNN that the detention occurred while they were serving an arrest warrant for Ramirez's father. Medina has been in the Tacoma Northwest Detention Center since his arrest. (The nature of his father's criminal record remains unclear; ICE did not respond to requests for comment from VICE News.) Court documents say Ramirez was asleep when ICE showed up.

Talking about DACA last month in an interview with ABC News, Trump said his administration was formulating a policy on how to deal with people covered under the program. He first applied for and obtained protection under the DACA program in 2014, and renewed it in 2016.

"We want to tell the Trump administration that we will not let them do this anymore", she said. "Where you have great people that are here that have done a good job, they should be far less anxious".

Since his election, president Trump has sent mixed messages about how his administration will treat DACA recipients. In my heart, I knew that today was different than in the past. A federal judge in Seattle has scheduled a hearing in the case for Friday.

"All his life is here, he has his family here, he has his dreams here", Pantoja said, referring to the United States.

"We are actually aware that there is ICE activity happening right now in Las Cruces and Chaparral", said Fernando Garcia, executive director of the Border Network for Human Rights, a nonprofit immigrant advocacy group. ICE must provide answers and release Daniel immediately.

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