ICE releases DACA recipient after over 6 weeks of detention

Lawyers for Daniel Ramirez Medina, a Mexican-born man detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) [official website], despite being a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) [USCIS materials] program, have said that their client is expected to be released as early as Wednesday on a $15,000 bond [KCPQ report].

"This has been a long 46 days, but I'm so thankful for the support that I've gotten from everyone who helped me and for the opportunity to live in such an unbelievable country, " Ramirez said in a statement. Lawyers for 24-year-old Daniel Ramirez Medina said they expect him to be released Wednesday, March 29.

Ramirez, among illegal immigrants known as "Dreamers", came to the United States with his parents when he was about 10 years old. That group was considered a lower priority for arrest and deportation during the Obama administration.

ICE agents in Portland, Oregon, on Sunday arrested Francisco J. Rodriguez Dominguez, a DACA participant who was brought to the US from Morelia, in Mexico's Michoacan state, at age 5.

Ramirez was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in February despite the fact that he has legal status to live, work, and study in the US under the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals program implemented by the Obama administration.

The Ramirez case is being closely watched by other Dreamers.

On Tuesday, after Ramirez did seek relief from an immigration judge, the judge granted Ramirez release on bond while his case proceeds.

Immigration agents arrested Ramirez on February 10 at an apartment complex where they had gone to arrest his father, a previously deported felon. He remained in ICE custody for almost two months despite having two separate opportunities to be released, immigration officials said.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers went to the home to arrest Ramirez' father. His attorneys denied the accusation.

This undated photo provided by law firm Public Counsel shows Daniel Ramirez Medina, 23, who was was brought to the USA illegally as a child but was protected from deportation by Obama's administration.

"He's never belonged to a gang".

He said he is looking forward to seeing Ramirez after he is released today to invite him to have some chilaquiles, a traditional Mexican breakfast of fried tortillas and salsa.

The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, or DREAM Act, was first introduced in 2001 and had been reintroduced in Congress several times, but failed to pass.

Ramirez, who came to the 7, has no criminal record and twice passed background checks to participate in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows young people brought to the USA illegally as children to stay in the country and work. 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.

He was released on bond Monday. She was released after two weeks in custody.

  • Larry Hoffman