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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)

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)
Immigration agents illegally detain Obama program ‘dreamer,’ lawsuit says
It appears to be the first time an immigrant covered by the program has faced removal proceedings without having committed a crime, attorneys say.

“Federal immigration authorities have arrested and threatened to deport a 23-year-old Mexican immigrant who was living in the United States legally under the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, according to a lawsuit.

It appears to be the first time that an immigrant covered by the program — which temporarily shields the children of undocumented immigrants from deportation — has faced removal proceedings without having committed a crime, a group of lawyers, including Harvard Law School’s Laurence Tribe and First Amendment lawyer Ted Boutrous, said in a petition filed Monday in federal court in Seattle. The story was first reported by Reuters.

Daniel Ramirez Medina was taken into custody last week by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in Seattle during a raid on his father’s house and transferred to a facility in Tacoma, Wash., despite having committed no crime, according to the habeas corpus petition. He was brought to the United States illegally as a child, the petition says, but was twice granted legal status under the program, known as DACA. His work permit should have been valid for at least another year, his attorneys said.”

WNDB Signings & Panels at BEA & BookCon

If you’ll be at Book Expo and/or the BookCon in New York City this week do stop by the following panels/signings to meet these amazing authors on the WNDB team and celebrated by the WNDB team!


*unless otherwise noted BEA signings are in autographing area

Wednesday, May 27th

Tim Federle – 2:30pm

R.J. Palacio - 4pm (Penguin Random House booth)

Thursday, May 28th

Anne Ursu – 9:30am

Kwame Alexander – 10am

Kristina Yee – 11am

Sunil Yapa – 11am

Suzan Lori-Parks - 1pm (Theatre Communications Group booth)

Brian Selznick – 1:30pm

Dawn Metcalf - 1pm (Harlequin booth)

Adi Alsaid - 1pm (Harlequin booth)

Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts - 2pm (Abrams booth)

Soman Chainani - 2pm (HarperCollins booth)

Ta-Nehisi Coates - 2:30pm (Penguin Random House booth)

Miranda Paul – 3pm

Libba Bray - 3pm (Hachette Book Group booth)

Vu Tran - 3:30pm (Liveright booth)

Friday, May 29th

Marie Lu - 9:30am (Penguin Random House booth)

Lamar Giles – 9:30am

Salina Yoon – 9:30am

Ilene Gregorio – 10:30am

Tim Federle - 11am (Running Press booth) 

Kristy Shen & Bryce Leung - 11am

Don Tate – 11:30am

Shannon Hale – 11:30am

Nicola Yoon - 12:30pm (Penguin Random House booth)

Adi Alsaid - 1pm (Harlequin booth)

We Need Diverse Books Panel – 1pm, Rm. 1E10

Meg Medina - 1:30pm (Candlewick booth)

Celeste Ng - 1:30pm (Penguin Random House booth)

Marieke Nijkamp - 2pm (Sourcebooks booth)

Rita Williams-Garcia – 2pm

Christopher Myers – 2pm

Don Tate - 2:15pm (Peachtree booth)

Alex Gino - 2:30pm 

David Levithan - 3pm (Penguin Random House booth)

We Need Diverse Books signing – 7pm at La Casa Azul Bookstore


*BookCon signings are in-booth or autographing area as noted

Saturday, May 30th

Nicola Yoon – 10am (Penguin Random House)

Shannon Hale – 10:30am (Candlewick Press booth) 

We Need Diverse Books Panel: Science Fiction/Fantasy with Kameron Hurley, Ken Liu, Joe Monti, Nnedi Okorafor, Daniel Jose Older – 11am in Room 1A21.

Daniel Jose Older & Nnedi Okorafor – 12:30pm (Autographing area)

Ken Liu – 12:30pm (Autographing area) 

Kameron Hurley - 12:30pm (Autographing area)

Lamar Giles - 12:45pm (Mystery Writers of America booth)

Jenny Han – 1pm (Autographing area)

Meg Medina – 1pm (Candlewick Press booth)

Cindy Pon – 2pm (Month9Books booth)

Renee Ahdieh & Marie Lu – 2pm (Autographing area) 

Sabaa Tahir & Aisha Saeed – 2pm (Autographing area)

N.K. Jemisin - 4pm (Hachette Book Group booth)

Jason Reynolds & Ellen Hopkins – 5pm (Autographing area)

Sunday, May 31st

Melissa de la Cruz - 11am (Autographing area)

We Need Diverse Books Panel: Luminaries of Children’s Literature with Libba Bray, Soman Chainani, David Levithan, Meg Medina, and Jacqueline Woodson – 11:15am in Room 1A10.

Jacqueline Woodson & Libba Bray – 12:30pm (Autographing area)

Meg Medina & Ilene Gregorio – 12:30pm (Autographing area)

Jenny Lee & Soman Chainani - 1:15pm (Autographing area)

R.J. Palacio – 1:30pm (Penguin Random House booth)

Brian Selznick - 4pm (Autographing area)

David Levithan - 4pm (Autographing area)