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Thursday, February 16, 2017

The innocent "Dreamer" who turned out to be...

ICE arrested Daniel Ramirez Medina, 23! He had no criminal record! He was a Dreamer -- an illegal alien who had lived in the United States since he was a chiiiiiiiiiiiiild!

CNN, Reuters, the New York Times, and others were on the case immediately.

From CNN:
US immigration officials have detained a 23-year-old man from Washington state, who was authorized to remain in the country under a program established by the Obama administration.
The man, Daniel Ramirez Medina, has twice been granted deferred action and employment authorization under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, his lawyers said. The program, announced in 2012, is meant to temporarily shield qualified individuals from deportation.
The case raises questions about what it could mean for Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. Ramirez came to the US from Mexico when he was 7 years old and became a DACA recipient in 2014 and renewed in 2016, according to court papers filed by his attorneys.
Immigration rights groups say they believe this may be the first time a Dreamer has been arrested without cause.

From Reuters:
U.S. immigration authorities have detained a 23-year-old Mexican man who was brought to the United States illegally as a child and given a work permit during the Obama administration, according to a lawsuit challenging the detention in Seattle federal court.
The man's lawyers say this could be the first time under U.S. President Donald Trump that a person covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, has been taken into immigration custody. The program was established in 2012 by Democratic President Barack Obama to allow those brought to the country while young to attend school and work.

From the New York Times:
More than two years ago, Daniel Ramirez Medina, an unauthorized immigrant, applied for a special program created under the Obama administration that would allow him to stay and work in the United States.
But on Friday morning, when federal immigration agents showed up at his home in Seattle to detain his father, they took Mr. Ramirez, 23, as well. His lawyers have now sued the federal government, arguing that he is being held in custody unconstitutionally, in an “unprecedented and unjustified” case.
“This is a clear violation of his rights,” said Mark Rosenbaum, a lawyer with Public Counsel, a pro bono law firm, who helped file the case on Monday in Federal District Court in Seattle. “There was a solemn promise from the executive branch that they would be protected. People have staked their lives and well-being on that promise.”
What was that mean racist, sexist, xenophobic Hitler up to? Who does he think he is enforcing the law like that?

From Franco Ordoñez of McClatchy newspapers:
DHS says ‘Dreamer’ arrested in Trump immigration raid was gang member
A young immigrant protected from deportation under an executive order issued by President Barack Obama because he’d been brought into the country as a child faces deportation following sweeping raids launched by the Trump administration.
Daniel Ramirez Medina, a 23-year-old with no criminal record, was taken into custody in Seattle as part of last week’s raids that led to the arrest of 680 people, 75 percent of whom, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Monday, had been convicted of a crime.
So it wasn't some innocent child (albeit a 23-year-old "child") who was picked up but a hoodlum. A gangbanger.

To be fair, the New York Times article mentioned this -- in Paragraph Nine.

That was misleading and so imbalanced that it serves only as more anti-Trump, anti-American propaganda.

The real story is not all the "Dreamers" are good guys who deserve to be here.


Just shine the damned light, media, and the people will find their way.


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  1. Hahaha! NO ONE gets arrested in Washington state. They're given an apple and a pat on the head. Because diversity. Everything west of Spokane should follow Cali into the secession move. Everything east should join Idaho. It'd fill out the northern neck and make it more visually appealing when you view a map.

    1. I'd suggest everything from the I-5 corridor west, z, though even that would include a lot of rural area.

    2. Speak for yourself!

      I happen to live west of I-5, am "a bit to the right of Genghis Khan" and came here decades ago before the libs took over.

      No way I want to secede.

    3. Yeah, it's the I-5 corridor itself that is so liberal. The rural areas along the coast which were devastated economically by the collapse of the logging industry thanks to "environmentalism" aren't as blue as non-Washingtonians assume. Same thing in Oregon---people from Eugene north to Portland may vote blue but the rest of the state doesn't. Maybe they should just tear up I-5 and bring back U.S. 99 (99W and 99E in Oregon)! /s

  2. Gang member but no criminal record? Sealed Juvi record?

    1. That no-criminal-record does seem unlikely.

  3. Lot of those 9th paragraphs lately, no?

    Not born here; No priors which means nothing. DACA poster child, which the Obama *.gov failed to argue from Andrew S. Hanen's ruling, but rather ignored.

    ACLU et al. (and the #oldmedia) now shopping for a judicial activist in 9th circuit. They'll find one. Yawn.

  4. A good headline would have been "Gangbanger Dreamer Apprehended". I won't be holding my breath.

  5. Didn't follow the links, but I wouldn't be surprised if they posted a picture of him from the 8th grade soccer team. Or in his high school graduation gown and cap.

  6. Don, you left out an important part of the article at the link that would help us to make some sense of the arrest:

    Quote: The Department of Homeland Security said Ramirez, who it described as a gang member, was arrested during an operation targeting a “prior-deported felon.” Immigration officials said he was taken into custody based “on his admitted gang affiliation and risk to public safety.”

    Having gang ties has always has been grounds for dismissal from the DACA program, including during the Obama administration.

  7. Four-and-Twenty Crows, all baked in a pie. Dig in, Fake Newsers!