Monday, 26 June, 2017

Judge Denies Release for Washington State 'Dreamer'

Daniel Ramirez Medina was apprehended Friday at his father's house Daniel Ramirez Medina was apprehended Friday at his father's house
Roland Mccarthy | 18 February, 2017, 13:14

A Mexican immigrant is suing the United States government after being detained, even though he has special status protecting him from deportation. Medina has been in the Tacoma Northwest Detention Center since his arrest.

Still, it is worrisome that ICE agents are targeting DACA applicants, because when this program was rolled out (or introduced), the federal government more or less promised DACA recipients would not be targeted for deportation, nor would they be considered an enforcement priority.

Now lawmakers are stepping in to rally on behalf of Daniel Ramirez Medina, who was accepted in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in 2014 and received a renewal past year.

Medina, who entered the USA illegally as a minor, had been granted temporary legal status and a work permit under a program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

Ramirez's attorneys aggressively disputed his gang ties at Friday's preliminary hearing, where they requested his immediate release.

Mexico's foreign relations ministry announced on Wednesday it would provide legal support for the DACA dreamer detained last week by Trump immigration officials in spite of his legal status in the U.S. One Dreamer in MS even barricaded herself inside her home when Immigration and Customs Enforcement showed up.

But US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents nonetheless raided his home in Seattle last week, placing him under arrest.

Four days after Ramirez was arrested, ICE released a statement saying he was taken into custody because of his "admitted gang affiliation and risk to public safety".

The detention of a young undocumented immigrant who was granted protection from deportation under an Obama administration policy has sent a "chilling" message to other immigrants, his lawyers said.

"Yes, I have a work permit", Ramirez replied, but declined to answer any other questions, the petition says.

But Ramirez's lawyers refuted their claims of gang affiliation. Ramirez-Polendo was deported eight times between 2000 and 2006, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Thursday, and served a year in prison in Washington state for felony drug trafficking.

Ramirez's lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security, of which ICE is a part, was filed on Monday. So far, though, the Trump administration has not announced any changes to the program. Reuters could not determine whether gang members who had not committed crimes were deported during Obama's tenure.

President Donald Trump mentioned DACA during his press conference on Thursday.

"I recognize the unusual nature of this case, and I recognize that there are many people who are in similar situations", Donohue said, adding: "But the court has to make sure that it has jurisdiction".

"We are going to consider having a hearing we are looking into options", Boutrous said. "I came here when I was 6 years old". With us now is Mark Rosenbaum of the pro bono law firm Public Counsel.

He has been held at Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma since Friday.

Antonella Packard is a member of LULAC, The League of United Latin American Citizens. "Senselessly scaring communities through a lack of transparency and strong-arm tactics is shameful".

Rosenbaum said he believes the arrest was a mistake.

The Mexican Consul in Seattle Roberto Dondisch says he will be closely watching this case because it is unusual and it involves a DACA recipient.

"He's trying to buy time and figure out a strategy to leverage the educated Dreamers while at the same time appease those who want all "illegals" out of here", said Antezana, whose family brought him to the United States from Bolivia 17 years ago.

ICE spokeswoman Rose Richeson did not comment on how the tattoo may have played into agents' suspicions. About 20 demonstrators showed up at the detention facility on Tuesday night to protest the action.

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