Published: Fri, February 17, 2017
Technology | By Ramiro Moody

DACA recipient Daniel Ramirez sues U.S. over his arrest

DACA recipient Daniel Ramirez sues U.S. over his arrest

Ethan Dettmer, a partner in the law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher who is one of the lawyers representing Ramirez, said he is not aware of any other DACA recipient who has been arrested.

Yet, in spite of that, The Los Angeles Times reports that according to a lawsuit, ICE agents arrested a 23-year-old immigrant near Seattle, who is a "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals"-eligible Dreamer".

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that men posing as Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have already ripped off people afraid of being rounded up and deported from the country.

DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), and Vice Chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) issued the following statements after Daniel Ramirez Medina, a DACA recipient, was arrested by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

"But now, maybe Trump could use that information to track us down", said Dulce Siguenza, who works with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and is also protected by DACA, in a recent interview.

She says they've advised undocumented immigrants not to allow ICE agents inside their home.

Ramirez came to the United States when he was 7 and submitted to two background checks by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to the petition, which says Ramirez has never been convicted of a crime. His DACA status was renewed past year. Once you get a DACA permit, you can live, work, and study legally in the United States without fear of deportation.

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There are some serious legal concerns if "individuals who received DACA and had no criminal history were all of a sudden deemed enforcement priorities, or had enforcement action taken against them", Wadhia said.

Ramirez-Medina, who is being held in Tacoma, challenged his detention a Seattle court, saying that his Fourth Amendment Rights had been violated, Fox News reported. Ramirez's arrest is believed to be the first in the nation of a so-called "Dreamer", one of the more than 750,000 people who entered the country illegally as children and who qualified for the Obama-era deferment program. There will be a hearing on Friday.

In a lawsuit filed Monday seeking Ramirez's release, his attorney, Mark Rosenbaum, said Ramirez "unequivocally denies being in a gang" and that "he was repeatedly pressured" by agents to falsely admit to a gang affiliation. In the meantime, ICE should release Daniel from detention immediately.

"The federal government may not arbitrarily or capriciously deprive DACA recipients of these benefits, as they have here with Mr. Ramirez", his lawyers wrote in briefs filed in court.

Emily Langley, a spokeswoman for the United States attorney's office in Seattle, said Tuesday afternoon it would be premature to comment on the lawsuit.

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

However, this may be an isolated incident involving what ICE officials claim is a self-admitted gang member and a threat to public safety. The young aliens granted these privileges under DACA are often referred to as "DREAMERS", because DACA granted privileges that were originally proposed under a legislative proposal called the DREAM Act (an acronym for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors).

"We trust our government not to make false promises, not to play bait and switch with people", Rosenbaum said. The agents had an arrest warrant for Mr. Ramirez's father.

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