Mexican detained in USA despite work permit

Alicia WestFeb 16, 2017

A Seattle-area man who was brought to the US illegally as a child but was protected from deportation under a policy by President Barack Obama is suing the federal government over his arrest and detention last week.

Mr Ramirez's legal team say this could be the first time under the Trump administration that a person covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, has been taken into immigration custody.

This latest arrest has in fact left many anxious that the Trump administration has broken what was a key promise from the President of the US that the government would not target undocumented children.

A complaint filed by Ramirez's attorneys and obtained by KIRO showed that Ramirez, who has authorization to live and work in the US under DACA, has been in custody in Tacoma.

He was first granted the rights in 2014 and his status was renewed in 2016, according to a document attached to the lawsuit.

"Trump has created a culture of chaos within our immigration system", Hincapie said.

ABC-7 received phone calls from Las Cruces residents stating ICE agents were in their neighborhood at about 6 a.m. on Dona Ana Road in the northwest part of the city.

A Mexican immigrant brought illegally to the USA as a child but with no criminal record and on a work permit has been arrested.

"Mr. Ramirez's unprecedented and unjustified detention violates the United States Constitution and the promise made to him that he could live and work in this country without being subject to arrest and deportation exclusively as a result of his immigration status", Ramirez's lawyers write in the complaint.


ICE spokeswoman Rose Richeson defended Ramirez's detention, telling NPR he is a "self-admitted gang member".

The arrests also included immigrants who had re-entered the country after being deported or whose deportation had been ordered by an immigration judge.

Ramirez was fingerprinted, booked and taken to a detention center in Tacoma where he was still in custody on Tuesday, Rosenbaum said.

Fortunately, the federal court in which Ramirez's lawyers filed suit appears to be taking this matter seriously. On the recommendation of his brother (a DACA recipient who was also then present), Mr. Ramirez declined to answer additional questions at that time. "The statement issued tonight by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is not accurate", Dettmer said.

Last month President Trump signed an Executive Order, expanding the powers of Homeland Security. While in custody, he was repeatedly pressured by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to falsely admit affiliation.

Ramirez has no criminal record and is here legally under DACA. A group called Detention Resistance says if it can happen to Daniel it can happen to anyone.

Ramirez in his lawsuit is seeking his immediate release and an injunction forbidding the government from arresting him again.

ICE detention of immigrant protected by deferred-deportation...

A hearing in the case is due on 17 February.

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