One of the illegal immigrants that was covered by Obama’s Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program, was arrested during the recent ICE raids was a self-admitted gang member, according to ICE officials.
23-year-old Daniel Ramirez Medina of Mexico was arrested in Seattle, at his father’s home. Although he was an illegal immigrant, he came as a child with his family and was covered by Obama’s DACA program, which allowed him to live and work in the state despite illegal status.
Despite stories being spread through fake news sites and social media saying that President Trump is now going to target those covered by DACA, ICE spokeswoman Rose Richeson stated that Medina was singled out for his alleged “gang” involvement. “ICE officers took Mr Ramirez into custody based on his admitted gang affiliation and risk to public safety,” says Richeson.
Reuters further reports:
The man’s lawyers say this could be the first time under U.S. President Donald Trump that a person covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, has been taken into immigration custody. The program was established in 2012 by Democratic President Barack Obama to allow those brought to the country while young to attend school and work.
Ethan Dettmer, a partner in the law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and one of the lawyers representing the man, Daniel Ramirez Medina, said he is not aware of any other DACA recipient who has been arrested.
“We are hoping this detention was a mistake,” he added.
Ramirez was a “self-admitted gang member,” said Rose Richeson, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), in a statement.
“ICE officers took Mr Ramirez into custody based on his admitted gang affiliation and risk to public safety.”
Richeson declined to elaborate further on how ICE established the man was a member of a gang.
Dettmer said Ramirez “unequivocally denies” being in a gang.