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Posted February 17, 2017

Daniel Ramirez Medina, a 23-year-old with no criminal record who was brought to the U.S. from Mexico when he was seven years old, was arrested last Friday in Seattle despite the fact that he was twice granted a work permit under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) program.

Daniel Ramirez, who has no criminal record, was arrested in his father's home in the city of Seattle on Friday. Ramirez, who has a 3-year-old American citizen son and no criminal record, had twice qualified for the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allowed him to work legally in the USA and should have stopped the feds from picking him up. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) demanded ICE immediately release Ramirez and said Trump "is tearing apart families and striking fear into immigrant communities". "The agents who arrested and questioned Mr. Ramirez were aware that he was a DACA recipient, yet they informed him that he would be arrested, detained and deported anyway, because he was not 'born in this country.'" The attorneys said the arrest constituted unlawful seizure and denial of due process.

But gang members aren't eligible for the program, and the government says Mr. Ramirez not only had a gang tattoo, but said he used to "hang out" with the Sureno gang in California, fled that state to get away from gangs, and but still "hangs out" with the Paizas gang in Washington. Ramirez's attorneys have filed this complaint against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, and the director of the Seattle field office of U.S. immigration and custom enforcement Nathalie Asher. But the agency said in a statement that agents took Media into custody because he admitted gang membership. In a statement, the organization said Ramirez's arrest appeared to be an "isolated incident and not an indication that ICE is going after DACA recipients".

According to the government, gang membership can be an indicator that an immigrant poses a public safety threat. "This case should not see the inside of a courtroom", Rosenbaum said.

Some of the state's elected officials seemed neither Wednesday, with regard to Ramirez's arrest.

"It's disturbing to imagine the type of fear being felt by undocumented mothers and fathers who now have to make room in the shadows of society for their DACA children", he added. Reuters could not determine whether gang members who had not committed crimes were deported during Obama's tenure. "Hopefully. Pray. We're going to pray".

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Trump, a Republican who took office on January 20, has promised a crackdown on the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States, most of whom come from Mexico and other Latin American countries. She said they had to come up with a $5,000 bond for him to remain free pending the hearing.

"Most of the Latinos are scared, because we don't know what our future holds", she said.

DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Daniel Ramirez Medina was protected from deportation under one of President Barack Obama's policies. He has a 3-year-old son, according to the complaint.

Despite the fact that his attorneys said Ramirez had his DACA identification with him at the time, he was questioned further, fingerprinted, booked and taken to the Tacoma detention center.

In Denver, a Mexican mother of four has taken sanctuary in a church to avoid deportation after ICE officials denied her a "stay of removal".