ICE: Arrested 'dreamer' in Seattle admitted having gang ties

ICE: Arrested 'dreamer' in Seattle admitted having gang ties

"But now, maybe Trump could use that information to track us down", said Dulce Siguenza, who works with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and is also protected by DACA, in a recent interview.

Trump had made immigration a particular focus of his campaign, promising a wall along the border with Mexico to stop people getting across.

News of the arrest has rattled other DACA recipients, among them Iliana Perez, a doctorate candidate at Claremont Graduate University. Some 750,000 are in the country under the DACA programme. They have also said that his detention is consistent with policies of the Obama administration; 1,500 DACA recipients have lost their protections since 2012 because of criminal convictions or gang affiliation, the statement says. He's a DACA recipient just like here, but he was arrested and detained by ICE.

"We shouldn't have to write a bill to uphold the laws of this country", she said. "This case should not see the inside of a courtroom", Rosenbaum said.

A small group of demonstrators gathered in Tacoma demanding Ramirez's release Tuesday.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed Wednesday its officers conducted targeted enforcement operations in Las Cruces.

Emily Langley, a spokeswoman for the US attorney's office in Seattle, said the Justice Department was still reviewing the case.

Gallego, a strident critic of President Donald Trump, said Friday's arrest of Daniel Ramirez Medina, 23, will only spread fear and distrust in immigrant communities.

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". However, there are no details yet of how the Trump administration is going to "take care" of DACA recipients.

"Donald Trump breaks faith with immigrant communities every chance he gets, and the arrest of a young DACA recipient this week is just the latest bad example", Rep. Grijalva said.

"They are here illegally".

The US President has previously said those people were "here illegally" but "shouldn't be very worried", adding: "I do have a big heart".

"We're going to work something out that's going to make people happy and proud", he told the magazine.

"We are very hopeful it is a mistake", Smith said of Ramirez's arrest. The raids were part of Operation Cross Check a code name for sweeps that have resulted in tens of thousands of arrests across the United States since 2011. (The nature of his father's criminal record remains unclear; ICE did not respond to requests for comment from VICE News.) Court documents say Ramirez was asleep when ICE showed up. "He has his dreams here", Pantoja said, referring to Ramirez's life in the United States and his 3-year-old son. The lawsuit filed by Ramirez seeks his immediate release and an injunction protecting him from future arrests. He now faces a hearing Friday over his status and possible removal from US soil after 16 years, though he claims his arrest was unconstitutional. Of those arrested, approximately 75 percent were criminal aliens, convicted of crimes including, but not limited to, homicide, aggravated sexual abuse, sexual assault of a minor, lewd and lascivious acts with a child, indecent liberties with a minor, drug trafficking, battery, assault, DUI and weapons charges. The agents asked Ramirez if he was in the United States legally and he said he was.

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