‘Dreamer’ Granted Amnesty Under Obama Detained In Seattle For Gang Affiliation
An undocumented immigrant shielded from deportation and granted work authorization under an Obama-implemented program has been detained in Seattle, due to what the government says is his gang affiliation.
According to Reuters, Daniel Ramirez Medina was brought to the United States as a child and granted quasi-legal status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The previous administration created DACA to allow undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children — or “Dreamers” — to remain in the country.
Immigration officials apprehended and detained Ramirez on Friday. One of the attorney’s representing Ramirez — Ethan Dettmer, a partner at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher — told Reuters that his client is likely the first DACA recipient detained under the Trump administration.
“We are hoping this detention was a mistake,” Dettmer said.
According to immigration officials, however, Ramirez was apprehended due to his gang ties.
“ICE officers took Mr Ramirez into custody based on his admitted gang affiliation and risk to public safety,” Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokeswoman, Rose Richeson, said in a statement to Reuters.