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Mexican detained in U.S. despite work permit

17 February 2017

A man who was brought to the USA illegally as a child but was protected from deportation by the Obama administration has been taken into custody in the Seattle area in what could be the first case of its kind in the country.

Mexico's undersecretary for North America, Carlos Manuel Sada, announced that Mexico would provide both legal and consular support for the 23-year-old Ramirez Medina who faces a court hearing this Friday in Seattle, Washington contesting his detention by immigration agents last week. This will likely be the first time we hear why ICE claims Daniel Ramirez is a gang affiliated and the evidence they may have.

According to the complaint, Ramirez is the father of a USA citizen, who has twice been granted deferred action and an employment authorization card under DACA.

On Monday, attorneys for Ramirez filed a lawsuit to challenge his detention in federal court. Ramirez came to the USA from Mexico when he was 7 years old and became a DACA recipient in 2014 and renewed in 2016, according to court papers filed by his attorneys. Ramirez's attorneys have filed this complaint against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, and the director of the Seattle field office of U.S. immigration and custom enforcement Nathalie Asher. While there, ICE agents questioned this young man, whom ICE described as a "self - admitted gang member".

The complaint states that Ramirez was twice granted DACA status and therefore determined to pose no threat to national security or public safety.

A statement from the ny attorney general's office said it had received reports of calls and in-person inquiries made by people claiming to be immigration officials. The agents had an arrest warrant for Mr. Ramirez's father.

Trump has indicated on several occasions that people who qualify for DACA would be excluded from his immigration crackdown. Reuters could not determine whether gang members who had not committed crimes were deported during Obama's tenure.

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President Donald Trump made illegal immigration a cornerstone of his campaign, saying he will build a wall along the Mexican border and deport millions of people.

It "confirms what we have all suspected: The Trump administration is indiscriminately targeting undocumented immigrants, including Dreamers, in raids across the country", Gallego said in a written statement.

Trump can withdraw the promised protection right away through an "operational memo" because Obama implemented it through one, William Stock, president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said previously. "There is a lot of concern in the community over how these new activities affect them and their families", Barber says.

Ramirez is father of a 3-year-old son who is a US citizen, his lawyers have said.

Ramirez's legal team is "going under the impression that this might have been a mistake", Dettmer said. On the recommendation of his brother (a DACA recipient who was also then present), Mr. Ramirez declined to answer additional questions at that time.

ICE agents appear to have "much broader discretion" to "take these kinds of actions", she said.

On Jan. 25, Trump signed the Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States executive order bringing back the Secure Communities Program, which from 2008 to 2014 drew a great deal of criticism, lawsuits, and became a symbol for hostility toward ICE and other agencies enforcing immigration laws.

Mexican detained in U.S. despite work permit