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.
US authorities have arrested an immigrant from Mexico who was brought to the United States illegally as a child and later given a work permit during the Obama administration in what could be the first detention of its kind under President Donald Trump.
Fresco, a former deputy assistant attorney general for the department's civil division, had predicted that formerly protected people would be arrested after Trump signed an executive order giving the government wide leeway to deport anyone officials thought had "committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense". Some saw the detention as the opening salvo in an attack on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, while federal authorities suggested it was simply a routine exercise of their authority. The program protects from deportation 750,000 people who were brought to the United States illegally as children.
David Leopold, a leading immigration lawyer, noted that nothing has changed since Ramirez twice passed extensive background checks and had his Daca status approved. Once you get a DACA permit, you can live, work, and study legally in the U.S. without fear of deportation. Ramirez has no criminal record, his attorney says.
Ramirez was fingerprinted, booked and taken to a detention center in Tacoma where he was still in custody on Tuesday, Rosenbaum said. But Ramirez was arrested without cause - something that immigrants' rights activists believe may be a first. Ramirez' father, the target of the arrest, has been deported at least 8 times previously and has also served time in prison in Washington State for drug trafficking.
A hearing in the case is due on 17 February. In case that net isn't wide enough, Trump also directed ICE to pursue those who "in the judgment of an immigration officer, otherwise pose a risk to public safety or national security", which could also be interpreted as: anyone an immigration agent feels like arresting. Of those, at least 40 were detained in the NY area, according to figures released by ICE.
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The president says he will hire 15,000 additional immigration officers and Border Patrol agents, if Congress will pay for them, and advocates for undocumented immigrants are braced for more sweeps. His father was allowed to reenter his home to tell his two sons about his arrest. He says that Trump's executive orders have eliminated the priorities for deportation that were established under the Obama administration.
ICE has since called Ramirez a "self-admitted gang member", as a defense for their arrest.
His attorneys argue Ramirez is being "presently detained without justification" and that he presents "no threat to national security or public safety".
People in the program are sometimes called "dreamers", in reference to the proposed Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors legislation, aimed at setting up a path to permanent residency for immigrants, which failed to pass.
"Most of the Latinos are scared, because we don't know what our future holds", she said.
"Where do we stand" when agency employees are given "such indiscriminate discretion" that anyone's rights could be violated-even those of citizens?