ACLU to Trump Administration: Don’t Target ‘Dreamers’

February 15, 2017 2:45 pm

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NEW YORK — Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers arrested Daniel Ramirez Medina, an individual living in Seattle, Washington, who was granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The DACA program allows immigrants who came to the United States as children, often called Dreamers, to apply for a work permit and temporary protection against removal.

Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, had this reaction:

“If not quickly reversed, ICE’s arrest of a young immigrant who was granted deferred action could make a travesty of the federal government’s promises to DACA grantees across the country, who came to the U.S. as children and are an integral part of our communities. Secretary Kelly and President Trump should immediately issue guidance confirming that the government stands by its promises to Dreamers and ensuring that ICE does not arrest, detain, or deport DACA grantees.”

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