Wednesday, February 15, 2017
During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump commenced his campaign by labeling Mexican immigrants as criminals (later referring to them as "bad hombres") and later promised to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which was created by President Obama through executive action. DACA recipients, who number in the millions, have been fearful of when and how DACA might be dismantled. Although he has issued three immigration executive orders, President Trump has not yet addressed DACA.
The Los Angeles Times now reports that immigration agents have detained and threatened to deport a 23-year-old immigrant in Washington state who came to the U.S. without legal authorization as a 7-year-old and later received protection under DACA. He has filed a habeas corpus petition in federal court, signed by a group of prominent attorneys, including constitutional law scholars Laurence Tribe and Erwin Chemerinsky.
Daniel Ramirez Medina was arrested at his father’s home south of Seattle last Friday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, according to the lawsuit. Ramirez is being held at a federal immigration detention facility in Tacoma, Washington.
ICE officials said Ramirez was a “self-admitted gang member” who was detained as a “risk to public safety.” Ramirez’s attorneys, who say Ramirez has never been convicted of a crime, denied the gang claim “unequivocally” and said he was “repeatedly pressured by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to falsely admit affiliation.