Washington: In a latest development following the inauguration of Donald Trump last month, the first DACA immigrant has been detained in Washington State. 23-year old, Daniel Ramirez Medina, who was protested under President Obama’s Dreamer project has been detained.
His lawyer says that his client is being illegally detained as he has broken no law and doesn’t endanger the safety of other citizens.
Dreamers, under Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program are those who were brought to the US as children by their parents and were brought here culturally and linguistically.
A CNN report while talking about Daniel Ramirez Medina’s arrest said he has “twice been granted deferred action and employment authorization under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA…program, announced in 2012, is meant to temporarily shield qualified individuals from deportation”.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, on the contrary, claim that the 23-year old detained by the police is actually a gang member and that he has admitted being a gang member. Nonetheless, his lawyer disagrees with the officials’ assertion and claims that he was forced to admit to the affiliation, which he denies.
In the meantime his lawyer has reportedly filed a suit in federal court claiming that the youth is being unlawfully held by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. “The federal government may not arbitrarily or capriciously deprive DACA recipients of these benefits, as they have here with Mr. Ramirez,” the lawyer for Medina said.
ICE spokesperson Rose Richeson, while defending the arrest, said, “Mr. Ramirez — a self-admitted gang member — was encountered at a residence in Des Moines, Washington, during an operation targeting a prior-deported felon. He was arrested February 10 by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and transferred to the Northwest Detention Center to await the outcome of removal proceedings before an immigration judge with the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review.”