Washington, DC – Today, news broke that Daniel Ramirez Medina, a beneficiary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) has been detained by agents with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) for days. Beneficiaries of the DACA program like Daniel have been promised a two year reprieve from deportation and a work permit, have paid nearly $500 in fees every two years, have passed a background check and have met a number of other requirements.
Since the inauguration of Donald Trump, Speaker Paul Ryan told DACA recipient Angelica Villalobos that she did not have to worry about being deported and President Trump himself said that those with DACA did not have to worry.
Greisa Martinez, Advocacy Director of United We Dream and herself a DACA beneficiary said:
“Daniel must be given his freedom, now. Donald Trump’s executive orders have made everyone a priority for deportation. Under Trump’s America, no one is safe. Donald Trump and Republicans must say in no uncertain terms that DACA recipients are safe.
“The detention of Daniel Ramirez is further proof that Trump’s ICE, who have recently raided and terrorized our communities, set up roadblocks demanding papers from even U.S. citizens and who have deported mothers in spite of living in the U.S. for over 20 years must be reined in.
“Mayors and local governments face a choice: will they stand by as out of control agents wreak havoc on their residents’ lives or will they create and enforce sanctuaries of safety where all those targeted by the Trump regime can live safely and thrive.”