A 23-year-old immigrant detained by federal immigration authorities despite holding a permit under former President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is suing the government over his arrest, The New York Times reported.
"As the quotes above indicate, President Trump and Speaker Ryan have sought to reassure young people with DACA that they won't be priorities for immigration enforcement, and that they don't have to worry".
Known as the "dreamers", they are 750,000 non-American youths to have obtained temporary protection against deportation under Barack Obama's DACA, implemented in 2012.
"It is unacceptable that DREAMERS, who were brought to the U.S. as children and have grown up and gone to school here are being detained", Cantwell said in an e-mailed statement.
Over the past week, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, or ICE, has carried out a series of raids around the country resulting in hundreds of arrests of non-legal immigrants.
A hearing on Ramirez's case is scheduled for Friday in Seattle. With Trump issuing an interior enforcement executive order that eviscerates any sense of prioritization, perhaps they were lying, and their goal was to scare millions of hardworking immigrants. He is being held in Tacoma's Northwest Detention Center.
Fortunately, the federal court in which Ramirez's lawyers filed suit appears to be taking this matter seriously. 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.
Mark Rosenbaum, one of Mr Ramirez's lawyers, said he "unequivocally denies being in a gang". "When the ICE agents entered the home, they asked Mr. Ramirez, 'Are you legally here?' Mr. Ramirez replied, 'Yes, I have a work permit.' On the recommendation of his brother (a DACA recipient who was also then present), Mr. Ramirez declined to answer additional questions at that time". The Supreme Court has said that freedom from detention lies at the heart of the liberty protected by the Due Process Clause; ICE's deprivation of that liberty must thus be accompanied by "sufficiently strong special justification". A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Seattle said the case is under review.
Protestors are organizing a rally on Thursday evening in Manhattan to protest the slew of recent arrests by immigration officials, including the detention of DACA recipient Daniel Ramirez Medina in Seattle.
Mr Trump said he would scrap DACA during his election campaign, but his policy on those it already covers is not yet clear.