Latest ICE sweep targets Mexican immigrant living in Seattle with work permit
On Wednesday, Reuters reported that authorities have detained Daniel Ramirez Medina, a Mexican man covered by DACA (the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Medina is a Seattle resident, where his arrest is already being challenged in court.
Multiple concentrated ICE sweeps of major metropolitan areas, carried out under the flabby thumb of the Trump administration, have been terrifying Americans for the past couple of weeks. On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security reported that so far, 680 people have been arrested in an effort to target immigrants living illegally in the United States. John Kelly, the DHS Secretary, claims that the ICE is only seeking out immigrants deemed a threat to public safety (a.k.a. “criminals”).
Medina, who has no criminal record, was granted a work permit while Obama was still president, but these facts appear not to matter to federal immigration officers. via Reuters:
Ramirez was a “self-admitted gang member,” said Rose Richeson, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), in a statement. “ICE officers took Mr Ramirez into custody based on his admitted gang affiliation and risk to public safety.” Richeson declined to elaborate further on how ICE established the man was a member of a gang.”
Ethan Dettmer, Medina’s lawyer, said that Medina was repeatedly pressured by ICE officials to confess gang affiliation and that they are subsequently slandering him in order to justify his arrest.
President Trump has been very clear when expressing his desire to deport “illegal criminals,” and the ambiguity of his wish to make America great again means that Medina’s arrest is likely only the beginning.