(KING) A man who was brought to the U.S. illegally as a child but was protected from deportation by the Obama administration has been taken into custody in the Seattle area in what could be the first case of its kind in the country.
23-year-old Daniel Ramirez Medina was arrested last Friday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
Civil rights attorneys have now filed a federal lawsuit, challenging what they call the “unconstitutional detention” of Ramirez Medina.
“He told them he was a DACA recipient and they said it doesn’t matter,” said Rolando Avila. “They said we’re going to take you anyway. So we’re here in solidarity and we demand he be released, because he is someone that is valuable in this community, and we are seeing this across the country, attacks on immigrants, and we don’t want to stand idle.”
An attorney with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Projects, one of many co-counsels on Ramirez Medina’s case, told KING 5 he hopes it was all a big misunderstanding and that the young man was taken into custody by mistake.
A spokesperson for ICE tells a different story.
“Ramirez Medina is “a self-admitted gang member,” Rose Richeson, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson, said in a statement. “He was taken into custody based on his gang affiliation and “risk to public safety.”
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