Sen. Dick Durbin Reacts to Detention of Illegal Immigrant 'Dreamer' in Washington

Posted February 17, 2017

"We are hoping this detention was a mistake", he added.

"These operations targeted public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members, as well as individuals who have violated our nation's immigration laws, including those who illegally re-entered the country after being removed and immigration fugitives ordered removed by federal immigration judges", the statement read.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers "took Mr. Ramirez into custody based on his admitted gang affiliation and risk to public safety", said ICE spokeswoman Rose Richeson. "It wasn't are you a gang member anymore".

US immigration officers last week arrested more than 680 people in the country illegally.

Perez, whose parents brought him to the USA from Mexico when he was an infant, was referring to an order that signed January 25 that broadens the scope of who federal agents can target for deportation and declares so-called sanctuary cities that limit the enforcement of immigration law a threat "to the very fabric of our Republic". So far, despite an otherwise stringent approach to immigration, President Donald Trump has not said he will rescind it. "They are here illegally". The Department of Homeland Security said Dreamers are subject to program revocation if they are considered threats to national security or public safety, and such revocations are not rare. In my heart, I knew that today was different than in the past. But we may be seeing with this particular case where the Trump administration is going to draw the line when it comes to any sort of enforcement priorities. "In some of the cases, they're having DACA, and they're gang members, and they're drug dealers, too", Trump said.

The document filed to the court bears clear signs of erased words.

Ramirez has been kept in custody at a federal immigration detention facility in Tacoma, Washington.

On May 5, 2016, his DACA status was renewed a second time.

The program protects from deportation 750,000 people who were brought to the United States illegally as children, sometimes called "dreamers".

Trump had made immigration a particular focus of his campaign, promising a wall along the border with Mexico to stop people getting across. During a CNN-hosted town hall meeting last month, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, reassured an undocumented mother and DACA recipient, Angelica Villalobos, that she would not be targeted for deportation.

Ramirez on Monday filed a challenge to his detention - a writ of habeas corpus - arguing the arrest was a violation of his constitutional rights. That claim could not be independently verified as Ramirez is in custody.

Ramirez's attorney, Mark Rosembaum, denied in a statement that Ramirez admitted to being in a gang.

Medina's lawyers say his lawsuit, seeking his immediate release, is the first of its kind challenging the detention of a Dreamer. Since 2012, approximately 1,500 of those in the program have lost the privilege over gang ties or criminal activity, the Times reported.

US immigration officers last week arrested more than 680 people in the country illegally.

She asked Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to "release Daniel right now".

But immigrant advocacy groups and Democrats have expressed concern that the Trump administration will escalate immigration enforcement efforts in line with the president's tough stance toward illegal immigrants. A magistrate judge in Seattle issued an order requiring the federal government to respond to the suit by Thursday, and scheduled a hearing on Friday.

In the early morning of 10 February, Medina was awoken by a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid on the home where he was staying in Des Moines, Washington, outside Seattle. Ramirez informed ICE agents of his DACA status, however a court document states an agent replied, "It doesn't matter, because you weren't born in this country".

The agents then took Ramirez to a processing center in Seattle, where his attorneys say he again told them about his work permit, which he had in his wallet.

When Ramirez' case came to light Tuesday night, Karen Tumlin, the legal director of the National Immigration Law Center, was quick to react.