Are DREAMers falling prey to ICE?

President Trump made no secret of his desire to tighten many of the loopholes in the immigration system, something which polarized much of America. It should come as no surprise that doing so was one of his first courses of action once taking office. But a small group of outspoken opponents apparently did not take him at his word and are now facing deportation themselves.

DREAMers Reprive

Students march in favor of immigration reform and the Dream Act through downtown Phoenix, on their way to the state capital May 1, 2007. Officials estimated the number of demonstrators at more than 10,000. REUTERS/Jeff Topping (UNITED STATES)

 

In 2014 then-President Barack Obama granted a temporary reprieve to as many as 640,000 illegal immigrants who had been brought here as children. Often called “DREAMers”, in reference to the DREAM Act which was introduced to grant permanent legal status to these individuals, some felt they were so safe that they became the face of the illegal immigration fight. They would often appear at rallies or in interviews with journalists presenting themselves as examples of how otherwise law-abiding members of society were being potentially punished by Trump’s new policies. Turns out they are neither protected nor law-abiding. At least not all of them.

First DREAMer arrested by ICE

Daniel Ramirez Medina became the first “DREAMer” to be arrested by ICE as part of the post-election raids. He was first detained during what ICE officials described as an attempt to arrest a “prior deported felon”. That “prior deported felon’ turned out to be his father and during the arrest ICE official claim, Medina admitted being a gang member. Due to his “admitted gang affiliation and public safety concerns,” Medina was determined to be in violation of his current work status. It also means he is subject to deportation and deportation is just what ICE intends to do.

More Arrests

Daniela Vargas, 22, appeared at multiple rallies and was interviewed by CNN. She was portrayed as a community leader and someone looking to make the most of the opportunities America offered. The problem is she did not comply with the requirements necessary to be granted temporary amnesty. When the earlier deferment granted by President Obama expired she never filed for an extension and in late Feb. found herself in ICE custody.

Turns out she is not alone. During a recent 1 week ICE crackdown 22 other “DREAMers” we’re also arrested and each faces deportation.

  • 7 failed to renew their status following the initial 2 year period
  • 14 were convicted of criminal charges after being accepted to the program – violation of the original terms
  • 1 was recently charged criminally and was picked up by ICE prior to a final conviction being issued.

Media Reports

The media has widely reported these individuals were targeted due to their outspoken opposition to the current administration ICE officials claim they were targeted due to their failure to comply with program requirements. The fact that they may have been publicly visible simply made finding them easier.

Either way, there is a moral for all – if you are going to critique those enforcing the law make sure you are not yourself in violation.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Tom Burrell

Tom enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserves in 1987. Following service in Desert Storm, he transitioned to active duty with the US Coast Guard. In 1997 he left the USCG to pursue a position in conservation & maritime law enforcement. Tom is currently a Captain and he oversees several programs, including his agency investigation unit. He is also a training instructor in several areas including firearms, defensive tactics and first aid/CPR. In 2006 Tom received his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Harrisburg Area Community College and in 2010 a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University.

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