Seattle Area DACA Immigrant To Remain Detained

Mar 8, 2017

A so-called ‘dreamer’ recently arrested near Seattle will remain in immigration detention. A federal judge says he’ll make a decision early next week about whether to release Daniel Ramirez Medina from a Tacoma lockup.

Ramirez claims his arrest violated his constitutional rights. Because at the time, he had lawful status in the country through the DACA program.

Mark Rosenbaum is one of Ramirez’s attorneys. He says this case is asking the court to clarify the broader rights of all DACA recipients.

"If the Department of Homeland Security wants to remove DACA, they’re free to do it," Rosenbaum said. "What they can’t do is pull a bait and switch and say while the rule is still out there, while we respect it, we really don’t have to pay attention to what we said.”

The Justice Department wants this case dismissed, and to proceed instead in immigration court.
It also maintains that federal policy gives immigration agents discretion to revoke a person’s DACA status.

Ramirez’s attorneys argue the federal court is the correct venue for the constitutional arguments raised in this case.

More than 750,000 immigrants across the country have DACA status. The program is for people who came to the U.S. unlawfully as children, are in school or working, and have a clean record.

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