Believed to be the first arrest of its kind, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have arrested a Mexican man in Seattle who is in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
The man, Daniel Ramirez Medina, 23, who came to the United States illegally as a child, was arrested last week at his father’s home. ICE agents approached the Seattle home with the intention of arresting Medina’s father, though the 23 year-old was also placed under arrest.
Once processed and booked, Medina attempted to reconcile the situation by showing his DACA paperwork, though his claims were refuted. In the court filings, Medina was told by a federal agent “[His paperwork] doesn’t matter, because you weren’t born in this country.”
Medina filed a motion to appeal his arrest in Seattle federal court, believing his constitutional privileges were violated under the DACA program. Ethan Dettmer, a member of Medina’s legal team, believes his client is the first DACA program immigrant to be detained as President Donald Trump makes good on his promise to deport the estimated 11 million illegal aliens currently residing in the United States.
The DACA legislation was designed to protect 750,000 illegal aliens under the promise of a temporary work visa.
“We are hoping this detention was a mistake,” said Dettmer.
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