ICE Agents Arrest Young Mexican Immigrant Covered By Obama’s DACA Program

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – U.S. immigration authorities have detained a 23-year-old Mexican man who was brought to the illegally as a child but later given a work permit during the Obama administration, according to a lawsuit challenging the detention in Seattle federal court.

 

The man’s lawyers say this could be the first time under U.S. President Donald Trump that a person covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, has been taken into immigration custody. The program was established in 2012 by Democratic President Barack Obama to allow those brought to the country while young to attend school and work.

 

Ethan Dettmer, a partner in the law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and one of the lawyers representing the man, Medina, said he is not aware of any other DACA recipient who has been arrested.

 

“We are hoping this detention was a mistake,” he added.

Daniel Ramirez Medina, who has no criminal record according to court papers filed in his case, was taken into custody last week at his father’s home in Seattle by ICE officers.

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

 

“ICE officers took Mr Ramirez into custody based on his admitted gang affiliation and risk to public safety.”

 

 

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