Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
USA | By Angel Wallace

Immigrant protected under Obama program detained near Seattle, faces deportation

Immigrant protected under Obama program detained near Seattle, faces deportation

USA immigration officials have detained 23-year-old Daniel "El Loco" Ramirez Medina, who was authorized to remain in the country under a program established by the Obama administration. President Donald Trump made illegal immigration a cornerstone of his campaign, saying he will build a wall along the Mexican border and deport millions of people, although actual plans have yet to be revealed.

"If not quickly reversed, ICE's arrest of a young immigrant who was granted deferred action could make a travesty of the federal government's promises to DACA grantees across the country, who came to the children and are an integral part of our communities", said Omar Jadwat, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Immigrants' Rights Project. Ramirez first obtained DACA protection in 2014 and renewed his protection in 2016, the complaint filed against him stated.

"It's really confusing why immigration enforcement officers insisted on arresting him", Adams said.

"While in custody, he was repeatedly pressured by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to falsely admit affiliation", said Dettmer.

DACA recipients were termed "dreamers" by the Obama administration. They say Daniel claimed to be a gang member. The 23-year-old has no criminal record, but ICE agents say he has admitted to being a gang member and he's a danger to the community.

A hearing on Ramirez's case is scheduled for Friday in Seattle.

"It's not business as usual if they want to pass these laws", Avila said, referring to Trump's executive orders regarding immigration. "If not, then ICE has to explain why they arrested and detained a 23 year old who has been screened and cleared twice by their own agency".

According to the court papers filed in his case, Ramirez has no criminal record and was taken into custody last week by ICE officers, while at his father's home in Seattle.

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Ramirez was in custody and unavailable for comment. The Supreme Court has said that freedom from detention lies at the heart of the liberty protected by the Due Process Clause; ICE's deprivation of that liberty must thus be accompanied by "sufficiently strong special justification".

Mr Ramirez was taken into custody on Friday and is being held in Tacoma, Washington.

In response, one of Ramirez's lawyers said his client "unequivocally denies being in a gang".

Emily Langley, a spokeswoman for the USA attorney's office in Seattle, said the Justice Department was still reviewing the case. "The statement issued tonight by Ms. Richeson of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement is inaccurate".

While processing Ramirez, agents allegedly seized his wallet, which contained his work permit.

Medina said ICE agents entered his father's home to inform his two sons of the 9 a.m. arrest when he was asked if he was "legally here".

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