daca program

23-year-old “Dreamer” immigrant arrested in Seattle

  • A 23-year-old Seattle man, previously authorized to stay in the U.S. by Obama’s DACA program, was detained by immigration officials on Friday.
  • His arrest raises thorny legal questions about immigrants’ rights under President Trump.
  • The man, Daniel Ramirez Medina, had been granted deferred action and employment authorization under Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or “DACA”, program in 2014 and again in 2016, CNN reports.
  • But when immigration officials showed up at his door on Feb. 10 to arrest his father, they took him as well.
  • According to the New York Times, Ramirez and his lawyers have since filed a lawsuit against the federal government on the grounds that his detainment is unconstitutional, “unprecedented and unjustified.” Read more (2/15/17 7:47 AM)
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Trump is already detaining and trying to deport the “Dreamers” Obama said could stay in the country

  • Now that Trump is president, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has started to ramp up its enforcement actions. (Vox)
  • On Feb. 10, ICE officials detained Daniel Ramirez Medina, a 23-year-old Mexico-born man, who had lived in the U.S. since he was 7 years old, had no criminal record and was covered by Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
  • DACA creates protections against deportation for a class of immigrants known as Dreamers, who came to the U.S. without documents as children. 
  • In the case of Medina, the 23-year-old Dreamer, the detention is not only shocking but appeared to be a blatant violation of the Obama-era policy. 
  • On Friday, the Los Angeles Times reported that senior White House officials are exploring ways to end DACA without involving Trump. 
  • Ramirez’s case illustrates one of the ways they can make that happen.
  • Constitutional law experts Laurence Tribe and Ted Boutrous have taken legal action to challenge Ramirez’s detention. Read more (2/17/17 1:05 PM)

I mean, the Supreme Court just yesterday upheld the lower court decision to block Obama’s DACA and DAPA programs that could have protected millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation entirely because they tied on the issue. That means that if the new Supreme Court justice nominated by the next President is friendly to the idea, they can go back to the Court with the case again and get them upheld. So the next President will literally decide the fate of millions of undocumented immigrants, and one candidate has indicated they support DACA and DAPA while one has indicated they don’t. I’ll let you guess which

“Clinton is not the lesser evil” is cynical bullshit completely detached from reality