Deported man with DACA status suing to return to U.S.
Apr 20 2017 by Larry Hoffman
At a late May rally in San Diego, Trump - apparently randomly - brought the case up, calling Curiel a "very hostile judge" and then insinuating that Curiel had a conflict of interest because he was of Mexican heritage. He has four minor convictions, none of which are serious enough to disqualify him from DACA protections, according to USA Today. The case was eventually settled.
A 23-year-old man has sued the Trump administration over his deportation to Mexico in February, saying he has permission to live and work in the United States under an Obama-era immigration program that protects young people who were brought into the country illegally as children. He was also not given copies of the documents he signed, the lawsuit states. But he's counting the days until he can return to the USA and continue building his life.
Curiel may be that foil for Trump as the president desperately tries to build momentum in advance of the 100-day mark of his time in the White House.
The Montes case comes amid growing anxiety among DACA recipients. Trump pledged to end DACA during the 2016 campaign, but the Department of Homeland Security has continued issuing permits and he has since spoken about how sympathetic he finds the people in DACA - undocumented immigrants brought to the USA as children who, in many cases, know no other home. In February, he said in response to Trump's pledge to deport illegal immigrants that his organisation would ensure "there is no enforcement overreach, breach of due process or racial discrimination".
"I'm disturbed about reports that a Dreamer with DACA protection has been deported", Sen. But you have some absolutely, incredible kids, I would say mostly. They shouldn't be very anxious.
Juan Manuel Montes, 23, may be the first person who qualifies for a program to shield young immigrants to be deported by President Donald Trump.
Montes is now in Mexico. DHS said Wednesday that never happened.
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Montes says he was approved for DACA in 2014, received a renewal in 2016, and that his DACA status and work permit were valid.
One supporter of the move, though, was hardliner Rep. Steve King, a Republican from Iowa who supports vastly restricting the flow of immigration into the U.S. and has a history of controversial statements about immigrants.
The Department of Homeland Security said in a a statement Wednesday that it "had no record" of Montes' apprehension by Border Patrol agents in the first alleged incident, though it did confirm that he was caught by federal immigration agents while trying to enter the US from Mexico on February 19.
An estimated 1.4 million Dreamers have received DACA since the program's inception, according to the most recent data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. And deportation proceedings also normally take years, not hours, said Stephen Yale-Loehr, who teaches immigration law at Cornell Law School.
"What happens is the judge, who happens to be, we believe, Mexican, which is great".
While the administration has said that it respects DACA and that no one with active status would be deported, advocates are using the case to call into question whether DHS is being honest about its position.