DACA Recipient Sues US Government After He Is Detained By Immigration Authorities
Feb 16 2017
But Ramirez was arrested without cause - something that immigrants' rights activists believe may be a first.
DACA was established in 2012 by President Obama to allow those brought to America while young to attend school and work without fear of deportation.
Ramirez came to the United States when he was 7 and submitted to two background checks by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to the petition, which says Ramirez has never been convicted of a crime.
"ICE officers took Mr. Ramirez into custody based on his admitted gang affiliation and risk to public safety", ICE spokeswoman Rose Richeson said. Yet ICE agents appear to have spontaneously decided that he no longer deserves DACA benefits and unilaterally revoked them.
"While the actions themselves follow the kinds of pattern that ICE has been using for a lot of years, the number of people who fit the kind of criteria they're looking for is much much larger than it has been in the past", Barber says.
Ramirez-Medina's father was not taken into custody, despite that being the purported goal of the raid. A federal judge in Seattle has scheduled a hearing in the case for Friday.
He described the raids as routine and not a stepped-up effort to find and deport migrants in the country illegally, as critics have charged. "Yet, they shipped him to the detention center in Tacoma".
Daniel Ramirez Medina, 23, was arrested Friday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who went to arrest his father.
Mark Rosenbaum, one of Ramirez's lawyers, told reporters Tuesday that Ramirez "unequivocally denies being in a gang" and that the statement from Richeson is inaccurate.
According to the New York Times, Ramirez and his lawyers have since filed a lawsuit against the federal government on the grounds that his detainment is unconstitutional, "unprecedented and unjustified". The agents had an arrest warrant for the father. They are immigrants who entered the U.S.as children, and under an executive order from President Barack Obama, were given the green light to conduct their daily affairs openly.
"They are here illegally, " Trump said in an interview with ABC News last month. Despite this fact, Mr. Ramirez was questioned further, fingerprinted, booked, and taken to a detention center in Tacoma, Washington.
"Mr. Ramirez-a self-admitted gang member-was encountered at a residence in Des Moines, Washington, during an operation targeting a prior-deported felon".
"It is important that ICE focus like a laser on the targets of its enforcement actions rather than cast a larger enforcement net during its operations", Fresco said.
"Agencies shall, to the extent consistent with applicable law, ensure that their privacy policies exclude persons who are not United States citizens or lawful permanent residents from the protections of the Privacy Act regarding personally identifiable information."