Trump recasts immigration by taking 'shackles off' border agents

The woman, Daniela Vargas, was picked up Wednesday when the auto she was riding in was pulled over by officers shortly after leaving the news conference at City Hall in Jackson, Miss., the lawyer, Abigail Peterson, said in a telephone interview.

Twenty-one year old Daniela Vargas was among the speakers at a news conference at Jackson City Hall to draw attention to the need for immigration reform. As a friend drove her away from the news conference, ICE agents stopped the vehicle and arrested her.

Daniela Vargas, 22, who is originally from Argentina, was detained by ICE agents who pulled over a friend's auto on a nearby freeway after she left a coalition of clergy and civil rights lawyers in Jackson, Mississippi.

In November 2016, Vargas' DACA status expired as she tried to save up the $495 fee to renew it.

An officer placed Vargas in handcuffs after telling her, "You know what we are here for", Peterson said.

But while her detention was by-the-book, it provides a poignant glimpse into what immigration experts call a more personal, even vindictive, style of enforcement meant to assert muscular new federal authority over immigrant communities.

Vargas had spoken at a press conference along with a coalition of immigrants rights groups and religious figures.

Federal agents had declined to arrest Vargas, once a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, just a couple weeks earlier when her father and brother were detained by authorities. An ICE official told the Huffington Post that Vargas wasn't arrested in February because she said she was protected by DACA.

'Why they would move forward the way they have is, honestly, mind-boggling, ' she said.

"When law enforcement is now expected to navigate the tricky world of immigration laws, you know, this is what's going to happen", Hernandez said. Peterson argues that Vargas' entire case should be considered since she was a child when she entered the USA and didn't waive her right with her overstay - that was her parents' choice.

"I strongly feel that I belong here and I strongly feel that I should be given a chance to be here and do something good and work in this economy", Vargas said in a statement, noting that she is bilingual and an accomplished trumpet player.

Previously, Vargas and her family were allowed to stay under a visa waiver program but only for 90 days. Because of the stipulations of that program she could be deported without a hearing in front of a federal immigration judge.

Data on immigration enforcement within specific communities is hard to come by. Those officers would investigate and process for deportation county jail inmates who are in the country illegally.

Among a number of many other inflammatory promises, Trump includes a one liner promising to "immediately terminate President Obama's illegal executive order on immigration", meaning DACA.

"I don't understand why they don't want me". The Trump administration has promised to deport millions of immigrants, even those with minor or no criminal histories, and many fear that the program is in jeopardy. By staying longer, they became ineligible for an immigration hearing, said L. Patricia Ice, the alliance's legal project director.

"I don't want to dilute the effectiveness of my agency by beginning to do the work of the federal government in enforcing immigration laws", Demings said.

The Trump administration's green light for immigration enforcement - from looking for hardened criminals to making sure that so-called dreamers were not affected - has gotten off on the wrong foot.

  • Larry Hoffman