Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Sustained Efforts of Activists Pay Off as Daniela Vargas Is Released From ICE Custody

Daniela Vargas
The release of Daniela Vargas is a victory for the immigrant rights movement, but Daniel Ramirez Medina, a Dreamer and father from Seattle, remains in detention. United We Dream has already delivered over 50,000 petitions to Secretary Kelly to demand Daniel’s release. The organization is calling for supporters to circulate the petition and gather still more signatures.TPOI editor

By Yara Simón, Remezcla
March 10, 2017
Last week, the story of Daniela Vargas – a 22-year-old woman possibly facing deportation without a trial – rallied the activist community. Today, immigration advocates are celebrating her release from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody. Vargas, who arrived in the United States at age 7, saw her dad and brother arrested by ICE officials a few weeks ago. She hid in her closet, but ICE broke into her house and handcuffed her. They eventually let her go. But because she was awaiting the renewal of her Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status – which grants immigrants brought to the United States at a young age the right to work and attend school – Vargas felt shaken.

Daniel Ramirez
She went into hiding, but re-emerged last week to publicly speak about ICE targeting her family at a press conference. As a friend drove her away from the event, immigration officials stopped the car and detained her – a move many saw as retaliatory.[...]

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