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Immigrant protected under Obama program detained near Seattle, faces deportation

16 February 2017

The arrest also raises questions about the future of the estimated 750,000 immigrants who have filed for this special status since then-president Barack Obama introduced it with an executive order in 2012, the lawyers said.

The 23-year-old man detained in Seattle was protected by President Barack Obama's immigration act that prevented deportations for some who came to the USA illegally. Attorneys for Ramirez challenged his detention in federal court in Seattle Monday, arguing the arrest violates his constitutional rights to live and work in this country without the fear of arrest and deportation so long as he satisfies DACA requirements.

Under Obama, ICE agents were tasked with arresting immigrants who had successfully dodged repeated deportation attempts and those who had been convicted of crimes.

She also said that he told agents he was a gang member, and based on those statements and being a 'risk to public safety, ' he was taken into custody.

Ramirez's detention may be the first arrest of an immigrant covered by Obama's program, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, according to the immigrant's lawyers.

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".

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"Mr. Ramirez's unprecedented and unjustified detention violates the United States Constitution and the promise made to him that he could live and work in this country without being subject to arrest and deportation exclusively as a result of his immigration status", Ramirez's lawyers write in the complaint.

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. The government granted him a DACA card in 2014 and renewed it in 2016, finding that he was no threat to public safety. But advocates have anxious that his administration could upend the DACA program and use personal data collected from applications to target scores of immigrants for deportation. We're going to take care of everybody.

"We've heard that some parents aren't sending their kids to school because they're afraid to", Sanchez says. "We certainly haven't seen this with our other hundreds of clients who have DACA status as well". They shouldn't be very anxious. He paid a $150 fine and the case was deferred, according to court records. A Washington State Patrol trooper said Ramirez went 5 miles over the speed limit in Thurston County, and Ramirez listed an Olympia address. In my heart, I knew that today was different than in the past.

"We are actually aware that there is ICE activity happening right now in Las Cruces and Chaparral", said Fernando Garcia, executive director of the Border Network for Human Rights, a nonprofit immigrant advocacy group.

"ICE must provide answers & release Daniel immediately".

Immigrant protected under Obama program detained near Seattle, faces deportation