Raids Could Mark A Shift In Immigration Policy

The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America's Voice, in response to news reports that in Seattle, Washington, ICE has arrested and detained Daniel Ramirez Medina, a 23 year old with no criminal record, who has been vetted by DHS and granted DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order last month that allows the Department of Homeland Security to pursue undocumented immigrants convicted of crimes, as well as anyone charged with an offense. DACA confers protection from arrest, detention and deportation as well as work permission, and some 750,000 young people have benefited from it since it was announced in June of 2012. Ramirez came to the U.S. 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.

Seattle is also a sanctuary city, meaning local law enforcement will not arrest and detain immigrants on behalf of ICE.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer tweeted: "DACA recipients should not be an ICE priority". If ICE had evidence that Ramirez is a gang member before arresting him, it should've obtained a warrant. The officers arrived at the home to arrest the man's father, though court documents did no make clear the reason the father was taken into custody.

A hearing in the case is due on 17 February. "Targeting Dreamers is a betrayal of that trust and it is a betrayal of who we are as a country", said Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.).

The Homeland Security secretary called the focus of the recent raids, which resulted in the arrests of almost 700 undocumented immigrants, "consistent with the routine, targeted arrests carried out by ICE's Fugitive Operations teams on a daily basis".

"While in custody, he was repeatedly pressured by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to falsely admit affiliation", Rosenbaum told The Associated Press.

Ramirez Medina challenged his detention in a Seattle federal court Monday, arguing that the federal government violated his Fourth Amendment rights.

In response, one of Ramirez's lawyers said his client "unequivocally denies being in a gang". "The statement issued tonight by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is not accurate". Ramirez had recently moved to Washington from California, where he had attended school, and he has a 3-year-old son, who is a USA citizen.

Medina said ICE agents entered his father's home to inform his two sons of the 9 a.m. arrest when he was asked if he was "legally here".

Despite the fact that his attorneys said Ramirez had his DACA identification with him the time, he was questioned further, fingerprinted, booked and taken to a detention center in Tacoma, Washington.

Daniel Ramirez Medina was protected from deportation under one of President Barack Obama's policies. "We are prepared to fight to protect our DACA Dreamers from harassment and deportation".

  • Annette Adams