ICE frees Argentine woman facing deportation after protests

Vargas is still not safe from deportation, but will be able to live outside of immigrant detention as she awaits a final decision on her case.

"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) took Daniela Vargas, 22, an unlawfully present Argentinian citizen, into custody March 1, during a targeted immigration enforcement action in Jackson, Mississippi", the statement said.

Daniela Vargas was released by ICE Friday.

One of her attorneys, Abby Peterson, said Vargas could not immediately afford the minimum $495 renewal application fee after her DACA status expired and she put off the process until last month.

Lawyers from Elmore and Peterson expect Vargas to return to MS shortly, a press release from the firm says. Vargas was earlier arrested after criticizing USA immigration policy in a press conference.

After days of speculation, lawyers representing Daniela Vargas said the woman from Jackson, Miss., who was in the USA illegally, would not be deported anytime soon. Vargas was detained by ICE agents after leaving the conference. "We maintain our commitment to the rights of all persons in the USA, regardless of immigration status", Peterson said in a statement.

Days after Vargas reapplied, her father and brother were taken into ICE custody at their home, on February 15. She came out of hiding to speak at the news conference.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, the National Immigration Law Center, the law firm of Elmore & Peterson and the Law Office of William Most filed a habeas petition on Monday for her release in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Alexandria Division, according to Michelle Lapointe, senior staff attorney at SPLC.

This story is developing.

  • Leroy Wright