'Dreamer' reunites with family, says he's hopeful for future
- Author: Larry Hoffman Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 18:02
Daniel Ramirez Medina, who has been in a detention center since he was picked up when US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents came to arrest his father on February 10, is expected to be released soon, the spokesperson said.
"We're thrilled he's getting out of a facility he never should have been in in the first place". Asked about his status, the Mexico-born Ramirez explained he was in the U.S. Daniel Ramirez Medina, second from left, walks out of the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., Wednesday, March 29, 2017, with his attorney, Luis Cortes, right, and his brother, left, who has not been identified by nam. A condition of receiving DACA status is that applicants must not pose a threat to national security or public safety, and immigration officials revoked Ramirez's protected status after his arrest.
An immigration judge says a Mexican man arrested despite participating in a program created to protect those brought to the US illegally as children can be released from custody pending deportation proceedings.
Ramirez's lawyers had sought to keep his case out of federal immigration court, which they said is ill-equipped to handle his claims that his arrest violated his constitutional rights to due process and to be free from unreasonable seizure.
His arrest shocked immigrant rights groups, as Ramirez had passed two background checks and had no criminal record other than being brought to the U.S. when he was only seven years old. Ramirez's lawyers have denied their client has any gang involvement or criminal record, and called his arrest unconstitutional.
Under U.S. law, deportation cases must be heard by immigration courts, which are administered by the Department of Justice.
An immigration court judge granted Ramirez' release on $15,000 bond on Tuesday.
"He answered every question the government put to him", Rosenbaum said.
Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge Ricardo Martinez upheld a decision not to release Ramirez, but rather said the immigration court should consider his detention. Only after people exhaust all of their options in immigration court system are they generally allowed to take their case to federal district court, he explained.
Among those questions, his lawyers have said, is whether U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents misinterpreted a tattoo on his forearm when they described it as a "gang tattoo" in an arrest report.
A Mexican man who was detained despite his participation in a program created to prevent the deportation of people brought to the US illegally as children has been released from custody.
He was released on bond Monday.
About 750,000 applications were approved between 2012 and 2016, according to US Customs and Immigration Services data. But Donohue also ruled he would not order the immediate release of Ramirez, because while he is going through deportation proceedings only an immigration judge can set conditions of his release.