DREAMer Arrested As 'Self-Admitted Gang Member', Says ICE

DREAMer Arrested As 'Self-Admitted Gang Member', Says ICE

A 23-year-old Mexican man who was brought to the USA illegally at the age of seven has been arrested and detained, despite having a valid work permit.

"We are hoping this detention was a mistake", Dettmer reportedly said.

But gang members aren't eligible for the program, and the government says Mr. Ramirez not only had a gang tattoo, but said he used to "hang out" with the Sureno gang in California, fled that state to get away from gangs, and but still "hangs out" with the Paizas gang in Washington.

That was dismissed by Mark Rosenbaum, one of Ramirez's lawyers, who said Ramirez "unequivocally denies being in a gang" and is the victim of a witch-hunt.

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid in Atlanta.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement would not comment on Medina's tattoo or how it was interpreted.

Ramirez, 23, was arrested Friday by immigration enforcement agents near Seattle in the northwestern state of Washington.

In an interview with ABC News last month, Trump said his administration was devising a policy on how to deal with people covered by DACA.

They are still considered to be illegal immigrants, but have temporary status - which the government says can be revoked at any time, at federal agents' discretion. I do have a big heart. "We're going to have a very strong border".

He had been approved twice under DACA, according to the documents.

USA immigration authorities arrested at least 680 people across the country last week for expulsion as part of President Donald Trump's pledge to crack down on people, mostly Latinos, who are in the country illegally. The agency did not say whether that person was Ramirez's father or offer details about the nature of the felony.

Reuters could not independently confirm whether other DACA recipients have been detained since Trump took office.

Ramirez-Medina is now awaiting removal proceedings before an immigration judge with the Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review.

Trump has indicated on several occasions that people who qualify for DACA would be excluded from his immigration crackdown. He has said he wants to focus on people who have committed crimes.

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". He says that Trump's executive orders have eliminated the priorities for deportation that were established under the Obama administration. The lawsuit filed by Ramirez seeks his immediate release and an injunction protecting him from future arrests. There will be a hearing on Friday.

Ramirez was brought illegally to the United States from Mexico when he was 7 years old, and has a 3-year-old son born in the U.S. On Feb. 10, according to a court filing from his lawyer, he was arrested when ICE agents served a warrant on Ramirez's father.

ICE Secretary John Kelly said that a majority of the arrests involved "criminal aliens" who had previously been convicted of such crimes as homicide, drug trafficking and sexual assault.

ICE agents took Ramirez to a processing center in Seattle and he again disclosed his DACA work permit, the lawsuit stated. But Jeffrey Robins of the USA justice department wrote in federal court documents that the homeland security department "automatically terminated" Ramirez's status when Ice arrested him and launched "immigration removal proceedings".

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