Congressional Progressive Caucus Leaders Respond to ICE Arrest of DACA Recipient

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"Daniel Ramirez Medina's arrest is a sad turning point for the more than 700,000 DACA recipients who signed up expecting the federal government to honor its word to protect them - we now know Donald Trump is not willing to uphold that commitment".

Manuel Sada said that Mexico is concerned about what the arrest might signal for the 600,000 Mexican migrants brought to the children who were granted temporary legal status in the USA under president Obama's 2012 deferred action for childhood arrivals, or DACA, order.

Under Obama, ICE agents were tasked with arresting immigrants who had successfully dodged repeated deportation attempts and those who had been convicted of crimes. DACA was merely a program or executive action brought by Pres. Obama when Congress failed to pass the Dream Act. DACA recipients were brought to the their parents when they were young, they have graduated from US high schools, they never returned to their country of origin and have no criminal record.

Federal agents arrested Daniel Medina Ramirez last week at his father's home near Seattle.

At a press conference in Olympia, several Democratic state lawmakers decried Ramirez's detention as an unlawful violation of his rights.

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Ramirez, now detained in Tacoma, Washington, was granted temporary permission to live and work in the United States under DACA in about 2014, according to the lawsuit, and his status was renewed in 2016. DACA allows certain illegal aliens who entered the country as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit. Ramirez's lawyers claim that DACA dreamers were given the "reasonable expectation" that these work permits meant they could not be arrested and deported.

But immigration authorities say Ramirez confessed to being a member of a street gang, and this can be grounds for being denied DACA status.

Ramirez's arrest is the first public case of a DACA recipient being arrested and detained by ICE, and represents an important glimpse at how the Trump administration intends to carry out its immigration enforcement agenda.

Update 4:26pm: Senator Maria Cantwell's office says that she is working with Senator Patty Murray to make contact with ICE over Ramirez's arrest.

A hearing in Ramirez's case is set for the morning of February 17 before Magistrate Judge James P. Donohue of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. Of those, at least 40 were detained in the NY area, according to figures released by ICE.

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Medina, 23, has filed a lawsuit against the federal government claiming his detainment was unconstitutional, and his court hearing is set for Friday.

"What's different now is that we've returned to normal enforcement practices where the "bad hombres" are still job one, but ordinary lawbreakers are no longer exempt from enforcement", Krikorian said.

However, immigration advocates say ICE did much more than what was done under the Obama administration, according to

"This case illustrates the work ICE fugitive operations teams perform every day across the country to remove public safety threats from our communities when they encounter them", the statement said.

Richeson said Ramirez was identified as a risk when he was detained as a self-admitted gang member.

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Approval [for DACA] was always discretionary and Homeland Security said it retained the right to go after targets - and said Mr. Ramirez had become a target because of his gang affiliation.

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