Daniela Vargas, 22, the woman who called a press conference to talk about her illegal status, who was then detained and arrested by ICE, will be sent back to Argentina, because she let her visa lapse three months.
Her lawyer says the young woman will be deported without a hearing. This is due to the new strict position the ICE has been put in by the Trump administration. Vargas was breaking the law being in the country illegally. Her father and brother were also arrested and will also be deported.
Vargas was just seven years old when she was brought here illegally by her parents. She was protected under the Obama-era DACA, giving her legal residency here. However, she was unable to come up with the $495 it takes to renew DACA status, allowing her visa to lapse.
Vargas said at the press conference, “A path for citizenship is necessary for DACA recipients but also for the other 11 million undocumented people with dreams.” She remembered watching ICE agents taking away her father and brother and said: “I was scared for my life.”
The Daily Mail reports:
The attorney for a young woman who was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement after speaking at a news conference about immigration says she’s been told the woman will be deported without a hearing.
Abigail Peterson, an attorney for 22-year-old Daniela Vargas, tells news outlets that authorities informed her Thursday that Vargas’ case will be handled as a ‘visa waiver overstay,’ which means she won’t be given a hearing and will be flown back to her native Argentina.
ICE agents detained Vargas on Wednesday after she spoke at a news conference in Jackson, Mississippi, and called on President Donald Trump to protect immigrants like her.
Vargas’ status in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program had expired in November 2016, and she applied to renew it mid-February after coming up with the $495 application fee.
Vargas was seven years old when her parents brought her from the city of Cordoba, Argentina.
She graduated from high school in 2013, attended community college and started at the University of Southern Mississippi, aspiring to be a math professor.
Miss Vargas said at the press conference: ‘A path for citizenship is necessary for DACA recipients but also for the other 11 million undocumented people with dreams.’
She recalled watching ICE agents taking away her father and brother and said: ‘I was scared for my life.’
Senator Kamala Harris, a Democrat from California, tweeted: ‘Talking publicly about fears of deportation is not a crime and should not get someone detained.’
Another senator, Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, said he was seeking more information on her case from the Department of Homeland Security.
Sen Durbin tweeted: ‘Disturbing that ICE may have followed her from an immigration press conference.’
Her attorney said she had been granted the two-year protection twice before, in December 2012 and in November 2014.
Ms Peterson said detaining someone with a pending DACA application was ‘very unusual’.
‘Why they would move forward the way they have is, honestly, mind-boggling,’ she said.
An executive order President Trump issued in January compels federal immigration agents to step up enforcement, but Trump has said they would focus initially on criminal offenders.