United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents have taken into custody Daniel Ramirez Medina, the first person taken into detention who had taken advantage of Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Under DACA, Ramirez was brought into the US by his father in 2001 when he was about seven years old. He was granted a DACA card giving him the temporary right to work and live in this country.
ICE officials had come to his father’s residence in Seattle and arrested his father (the details on this arrest are not publicly known, other than the father was here illegally, of course). While at the residence ICE asked Ramirez a number of questions. Ultimately, he was taken into detention.
On Monday a challenge to the detention was filed in federal court, asserting the federal government had violated Ramirez’s constitutional rights. According to Ethan Dettmer, one of the attorneys representing Ramirez, this is the first arrest of any non-US citizen who had been granted DACA status. Ramirez and his lawyers are due in court on Friday.
The Ramirez case has occurred in the shadow of the larger set of national operations looking to find and deport those in the country illegally, especially those who have additional criminal offenses on their records. Last week almost 700 illegal immigrants were arrested nationwide under these sweeps.
This case seems fairly straightforward: If Ramirez is here under a valid and renewed DACA permit, and he has no further criminal record, he will stay, for the time being. President Trump has not yet rolled back DACA.
However, one can be sure that the left will seize on this case to attack the Trump administration and any attempts to enforce immigration laws. Democrats, advocates, agitators, and their allies in the media will be on the lookout for tearjerker stories to make their case that the United States should have no borders whatsoever. Come one come all!
President Donald Trump had made one of the cornerstones of his presidential campaign the enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws, and less than one month into his presidency, he is making good on his promise.