Jesus Alonso Arreola Robles, a beneficiary of former President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents near the Southern California border in early February and is suspected of attempting to illegally smuggle someone into the United States.
According to reports, Border Patrol officers stopped a vehicle on Feb. 12 on Highway 94 in Campo, California, approximately a mile from the Mexican border. Twenty-two-year-old Arreola Robles was driving with a 17-year-old illegal alien boy as his passenger.
Arreola Robles was processed for removal proceedings and is currently in a Folkston, Georgia, detention facility. The teen was also detained.
At a Thursday news conference at the offices of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), Arreola Robles’ attorney, mother, and girlfriend addressed the media, citing concerns over his apprehension and detention. Attorney Joseph Porta claimed that he had not been allowed to speak to his client or an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) representative about the case.
“ICE once again dragged its feet and kept Jesus Alonso from speaking with his attorney until pressured by the family and the media to do so,” said CHIRLA executive director Angelica Salas.
Porta said he had heard “allegations that something happened” leading to Arreola Robles’ detention, but offered no further details pending clarification of the incident with his client.
Porta noted that Arreola Robles’ case was one of the first DACA cases he processed back in 2012. The DACA program provides work permits and forbids the deportation of those who were brought to the United States as children and remain illegally.
Recipients must meet certain criteria, including having never been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or multiple misdemeanors, and the individual must not pose a threat to public safety or national security.
DACA has benefited more than 861,000 immigrants—approximately 1 of every 4 Californians. Border Patrol records show that nearly 1,500 DACA recipients have been terminated from the program due to criminal convictions or gang affiliations.
According to Porta, Arreola Robles has no criminal history except for a speeding ticket. The attorney plans to file a request that Arreola Robles be released on bond pending his court hearing where it will be decided if he has a legal right to remain in the United States.
H/T: Los Angeles Times
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