Monday, March 27, 2017

ICE Continues to Detain DACA Recipients

In the latest case, ICE agents detained Francisco J. Rodriguez Dominguez at his home in Portland, allegedly because of a misdemeanor conviction last year for DUI. Meanwhile, Daniel Medina Ramirez remains in detention after more than a month. –TPOI editor

Portland 'Dreamer' arrested by immigration agents, advocates say
He worked at Latino Network, where he coordinated a food pantry for low-income families. The organization on Sunday asked supporters to call immigration authorities and demand that Rodriguez Dominguez be released: "FAMILIA. One of our own needs your help - Call ICE to demand Francisco's release at (503) 326-3302."

By Elliot Njus, The Oregonian/OregonLive
March 26, 2017
Francisco J. Rodriguez Dominguez
An undocumented Portland man granted a deportation reprieve in 2014 was arrested by federal immigration agents early Sunday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon said.

Francisco J. Rodriguez Dominguez was arrested by Immigrations and Custom Enforcement agents at his Southeast Portland home, the group said.

The arrest would make him one of a handful of reported immigrants recently arrested despite their participation in the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, which has not been revoked by President Donald Trump's administration.[...]
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Daniel Ramirez Medina: I’m a ‘dreamer,’ but immigration agents detained me anyway
For more than a month, I've been in an immigration detention center.

By Daniel Ramirez Medina, Washington Post
March 13, 2017
Last week, I spent my 24th birthday in detention.

I’ve been in an immigrant detention center in Tacoma, Wash., for more than a month. That’s a month away from my family, a month further away from doing everything I can to support my 3-year-old son and a lifetime away from the future my parents wished for me when I was brought here from Mexico at age 7. I’ve spent nearly my whole life in the United States — as a child, a teenager and now an adult with a child of my own. This country is my home.

I was detained and brought here on Feb. 10, just over a month after moving from the Central Valley in California to the Seattle area to find a better job to support my family. It has been difficult to keep a positive outlook. It’s gray here, and I mostly keep to myself, except for the prayer group I attend twice a day. To pass the time, I recently started learning how to make origami animals to give to my son when I see him again.[...]

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