Feb 17 2017 by Larry Hoffman
Ramirez challenged the detention in court on Monday, arguing that it violated his Fourth Amendment rights.
Mr Ramirez's legal team said this could be the first time under the Trump administration that a person covered by DACA had been taken into immigration custody.
Immigrant rights activists are demanding the federal government immediately release a Seattle-area man who was brought to the US from Mexico illegally as a child but was protected from deportation under a policy by President Barack Obama.
Mr Ramirez was granted temporary permission to live and work in the USA under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which allows people brought to America at a young age to attend school and work without fear of deportation.
He said he anxious that an under-scrutinized executive order issued by Trump during his first week in office sent a signal to immigration officers to step up their enforcement efforts - and gave them broad discretion about whom to target.
But US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents nonetheless raided his home in Seattle last week, placing him under arrest. That claim could not be independently verified as Ramirez is in custody.
"I don't think this has to do with any change in policy".
"This appears to be a complete one-off", Adams said. This includes those who have been arrested or convicted of certain crimes, or those who are associated with criminal gangs.
"We can not faithfully execute the immigration laws of the United States if we exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement", the order states.
Trump, a Republican who took office on January 20, has promised a crackdown on the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States, most of whom come from Mexico and other Latin American countries.
WONG:.So that individuals who committed violent crimes - they were the subjects of immigration enforcement actions and not other individuals who fell under those lesser priority categories.
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"But President Trump's executive orders have taken a very expansive view of the term 'criminal, ' applying it in ways not seen before", she said.
Whether these allegations are true will certainly come to light, but the bigger question we need to grapple with is how to reconcile the DACA standards of eligibility with the chillingly broad grounds of criminality issued by President Trump.
"We're going to work something out that's going to make people happy and proud", he told the magazine. Ramirez's father was also arrested last Friday.
At a press conference in Olympia, several Democratic state lawmakers decried Ramirez's detention as an unlawful violation of his rights. "That approach is totally counterproductive - we should be putting maximum law enforcement resources toward getting risky criminals out of our communities". "Targeting Dreamers is a betrayal of that trust and it is a betrayal of who we are as a country", said Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.).
Secure Communities relied heavily on federal, state and local authorities to enforce federal detainers which a number of federal courts rejected along with many governors, mayors, and state and local officials across the United States.
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"ICE regularly conducts targeted enforcement operations during which additional resources and personnel are dedicated to apprehending deportable foreign nationals", Zamarripa said.
Jeanette Vizguerra, a Mexican-born mother who has lived in the USA for two decades, opted to seek sanctuary in a Denver-area church instead of going to her immigration check-in Wednesday morning.
Over 680 people were arrested last week as part of a five-day "enforcement surge" carried out by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The president also said he was planning to issue a new executive order by next week to replace the order that suspended travel from seven Muslim-majority countries and temporarily barred most refugees. He said the arrest of Medina has caused "nervousness and anguish" among the the "large community of boys" who have received deferred action priority due to DACA.
"We are very hopeful it is a mistake", Smith said of Ramirez's arrest. He has his family here.
"It doesn't matter, because you weren't born in this country", one agent told him, according to the petition. "But now he's here", she added, gesturing toward the detention center.
Now lawmakers are stepping in to rally on behalf of Daniel Ramirez Medina, who was accepted in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in 2014 and received a renewal previous year. A group of detainees in the facility are on the fifth day of a hunger strike. When it was created, Homeland Security characterized DACA as discretionary and revocable at any time, based on officers' judgments.
In addition, they must be in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate or be honorably discharged veterans of the military or the Coast Guard. A successful applicant must-among other requirements-have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
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