ICE claims detained DACA recipient has gang ties


Ramirez's lawyers say this could be the first time under US President Donald Trump that a person covered by DACA has been taken into immigration custody.

While the US claims Daniel Ramirez Medina admitted in custody to being a gang member, his lawyers contend he was falsely accused and is being unlawfully detained amid recent sweeps by agents across at least a half-dozen states that have netted some immigrants with no criminal records. Ramirez, however, was brought to the USA from Mexico when he was 7 and has a work permit under Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

This week, ICE agents detained a 23-year-old Mexican man in Seattle who was in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, known as DACA.

The case has raised questions: Was Ramirez's detention, as the government says, a routine arrest of someone who posed a threat to the US because of his alleged gang ties? He asked a judge to order his release immediately.

A hearing on Ramirez case is set for Friday in Seattle. Rosenbaum said Mendoza "was repeatedly pressured" by ICE agents to "falsely admit affiliation" in a gang.

Indeed, under the DACA guidelines, an individual would be determined to be a public safety threat if there was any indication of gang membership.

Pantoja, of the Northwest Detention Center Resistance, said it is an injustice that Ramirez Medina is being punished for an action his parents took for him as a small child.

Ramirez "stated 'no, not no more, ' when asked if he is or has been involved with any gang activity", the government said in documents filed in U.S. District Court.

The officers had arrived at the home to arrest Ramirez Medina's father, who was a previously deported felon, according to the ICE statement. He also does not have a criminal record.

Sing said her newly founded organization is meant to help foster community and support the Northwest Detention Center Resistance and other immigrant rights groups. It's for immigrants who were brought to the USA illegally as children, meet certain criteria and pass a background check.

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DACA was established in 2012 and applies to approximately 750,000 immigrants, often called "Dreamers", Reuters noted.

United States immigration authorities arrested at least 680 people across the country last week for expulsion as part of President Donald Trump's pledge to crack down on people, mostly Latinos, who are in the country illegally.

The almost 750,000 recipients of the program, known as Dreamers after the failed Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, have been at the center of the immigration debate.

"They are here illegally". That's despite the fact that the president has suggested he wouldn't go after this population, recently saying Daca recipients "shouldn't be very worried".

"I do have a big heart", he said.

"We're going to work something out that's going to make people happy and proud", he told the magazine.

A Mexican man who was seven-years-old when he illegally moved to the U.S. has been arrested and detained, despite holding a valid work permit.

Ramirez Medina was processed in Seattle and sent to a detention center in Tacoma, Washington where he remains.

But Legomsky's main concern is that DACA recipients provided confidential information to the government.

Rose Richeson, an ICE spokesperson, said that he was a "self-admitted gang member", a charge that Mark Rosenbaum, Ramirez Medina's counsel, has denied.