LatinoJustice PRLDEF Statement on the Detention of DREAMER Daniel Ramirez Medina
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 15, 2017
CONTACT: John Garcia, Director of Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org, (212) 739-7513, (917) 673-9095
LatinoJustice PRLDEF denounces the detention by ICE of Daniel Ramirez Medina during a home raid at his father’s home in Seattle. All reports to date indicate that Mr. Ramirez Medina was detained unlawfully notwithstanding his having reported his DACA deferred action status and concurrent employment authorization.
ICE agents publicly claim that Mr. Ramirez Medina, 23, purportedly admitted to a gang affiliation which has been vigorously disputed by his attorneys. Equally disturbing, Mr. Ramirez Medina was a “collateral detainee” of this ICE home raid which targeted his father, as he was also questioned about his immigration status. That is, he was picked up for being present in the home of another person targeted by ICE for removal.
Rounding up “collaterals” is an abusive practice that has been in effect since the days of the Bush administration when ICE agents went overboard with para-military style armed home raids in New York, New Jersey and other states as part of “Operation Return to Sender” which set arrest quotas for collateral arrests.
Those ICE home raids practices was successfully challenged by LatinoJustice in a SDNY federal court civil rights lawsuit called Aguilar v. ICE. The agency agreed to reform its raids policies and provide new training. It acknowledged that administrative immigration warrants only permit a consensual entry into the residence, and must be obtained knowingly by the resident in his or her native language where possible. ICE also paid $1 million dollars in damages and fees to the 20+ plaintiffs. Read the press release about the settlement here.
“We stand with our Latinx DREAMers in their quest to remain and contribute to the only country that they know – the United States. The detention of Daniel Ramirez Medina shows that even without a formal termination of the DACA executive order, ICE agents are already emboldened to round up every possible undocumented person, regardless of their temporary status, because of the tone set in the White House. We denounce the abuse of authority and stand ready to challenge these unconstitutional actions,” said Juan Cartagena, President & General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF.