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U.S. Says Detained Mexican ‘Dreamer’ Should Be Deported

ICE agents allege Daniel Ramirez Medina, 23, is a member of a gang, which Ramirez has repeatedly denied.

Daniel Ramirez Medina, 23, a Mexican immigrant with a work permit who was arrested last week near Seattle, Washington, U.S. is seen in this undated photo released on February 16, 2017. / REUTERS

(Reuters) — U.S. officials have initiated deportation proceedings against a Mexican immigrant with a work permit who was arrested near Seattle last week, alleging he has gang ties, according to a court filing from the Justice Department on Thursday.

Daniel Ramirez Medina, 23, was taken into custody last week at his father’s home near Seattle by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, according to a lawsuit he filed challenging his detention. The lawsuit said he was brought to the United States illegally as a child and given a work permit during the administration of former President Barack Obama.

Ramirez’s lawyers have filed court papers denying that he has any gang involvement or criminal record and saying he should not have been targeted for deportation.

Ramirez’s lawyers have said this could be the first time under U.S. President Donald Trump that a person covered by a policy known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has been taken into immigration custody.

DACA, established by Obama in 2012, allows those brought to the country while young to attend school and work. The program protects from deportation some 750,000 people who were brought to the United States illegally as children and are sometimes called “dreamers,” in reference to the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) legislation that failed to pass.

Immigration officers last week arrested more than 680 people in the country illegally, and the broad enforcement action alarmed immigrant rights groups.

At a press conference on Thursday, Trump promised that his administration would “deal with DACA with heart.” He said the issue was a tough one because, while a majority of those benefiting from the program are “absolutely incredible kids,” others are “gang members, and they’re drug dealers, too.”

The Justice Department’s Thursday filing said ICE officers questioned Ramirez about a “gang tattoo” on his forearm.

But Ramirez’s lawyers, in a separate court filing on Thursday, said ICE has launched a public campaign to smear Ramirez.

The tattoo on Ramirez’s forearm had a nautical star and the name of his birthplace, the filing said, which had nothing to do with any gang. ICE agents asked “five to seven times” whether Ramirez was in a gang, and he denied it each time, the filing said.

Additionally, the filing said, immigration officers removed words from a written statement by Ramirez denying gang involvement to make it sound as if he was admitting gang affiliation.

The Justice Department asserted that a Seattle federal judge has no legal basis to consider Ramirez’s lawsuit because ICE has initiated deportation proceedings to be adjudicated in a separate administrative court. Ramirez’s attorneys say the issue before the Seattle court is an illegal arrest and detention, not an immigration matter.

Ramirez has asked the judge to order his release immediately. A hearing in the case is scheduled for Friday.

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  • If pictures are worth a 1000 words, he doesn’t look like a “Dreamer” but a gangster thug dreaming of how rich he can get selling drugs. They have colleges in Mexico; if he’s really a dreamer, he could succeed there too.

    After being a victim of ID theft by these desperate Mexican immigrants who need my SSN to get a low-wage job at Taco Bell, I hope Trump deported these blood-sucking leeches as fast as I can say Speedy Gonzalez! Too bad Geraldo Rivera, Ted Cruz, Anna Navarro and Marco Rubio can’t be deported. See what happens when we let the children of peasants get jobs, they become Castronistas and racist white militant supremacists.

    I think I might volunteer with ICE to help them prepare deportation paperwork so that we can take out the drug-selling garbage and send it back to Mexico. If he was in college, he was only there to sell drugs and maybe steal some SSN’s to peddle to newly arriving immigrants. Let the deportations began for Mesicans and all the other immigrants who are living here illegally– they’re nothing but CRIMINALS! If you sneak into a country knowing it’s illegal- you have a criminal mindset already. Growing up in a ghetto, I know what desperation and survival behavior will cause people to do, especially those who already have a criminal mentality. Let the deportations begin.

    • There is NOTHING about that photo that says gang member. Nothing. I feel sorry for you. Over the course of a year, I’ve looked at your posts. You NEVER have a good word to say about anyone. You are constantly negative, angry and blatantly hateful. You hate homosexuals, you hate black people that you feel aren’t black enough, you hate white people, men and women. I don’t think I’ve ever seen you say one positive thing. Why do you come here? It’s so obvious that the entire point of these articles is against everything you believe in and stand for. You just have nothing better to do than come here and troll?

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