Thursday, February 16, 2017

No, Trump's mass deportation program isn't just about violent criminals

The courts are stepping in again to restrain Trump's hastily-designed mass deportation program (Sam Levin, Seattle judge demands an explanation after undocumented 'dreamer' arrested Guardian 02/15/2017):

The arrest of an undocumented immigrant who was granted a work permit under Obama has sparked fears among other recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) program and prompted a judge to demand an explanation from the government.

Daniel Ramirez Medina, a 23-year-old with no criminal record who was brought to the US from Mexico when he was seven years old, was taken into custody last Friday in Seattle. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) officers made the arrest at his father’s house, despite the fact that Medina, who has a three-year-old son, has twice been granted an employment authorization card under the Daca program.

Deportarán a primer "dreamer" - Trump - Denise Maerker 10 en punto Noticieros Televisa 02/14/2017:

This arrest is a red flag as to the scope of Trump's deportation drive:

Madeleine Villanueva, a student at the University of California, Berkeley and a Daca recipient who moved from the Philippines at age nine, said it was hard to imagine that the arrest of Ramirez was a “mistake”.

“I think it was a message to the states or cities that are more willing to set up those sanctuary spaces for undocumented immigrants,” said Villanueva, who is part of a group called Rising Immigrant Scholars through Education. “Hopefully more of this doesn’t happen, but I’m not surprised that it did.”

Regardless of the fate of Daca, Villanueva said she was concerned for undocumented people like her father who weren’t protected by the program: “Even before Trump was elected, Daca was never the solution for me or my community. It always left people behind.”
But ICE is claiming that Ramirez is one of those cartoon Latino villains that Trump like to describe to his white supremacist followers, as Nina Shapiro reports (Do feds have evidence that detained Dreamer is a gang member beyond tattoo? Seattle Times 02/16/2017). It seems that Ramirez has a tattoo, so he's a gang member for sure! At least according to ICE:

... one of his attorneys, Luis Cortes Romero, said immigration officials started accusing Ramirez Medina of gang membership just because of a tattoo.

While processing Ramirez Medina after being taken in custody Friday, the attorney said, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents noticed a tattoo that said “La Paz BCS.”

La Paz means peace in Spanish, and is also the capital of Baja California Sur, the meaning behind the initials and the part of Mexico where Ramirez Medina was born, according to his attorney.
A tattoo that says, "Peace"? He's probably a terrorist, too!

At least according to the warped xenophobic bigotry driving the Trump Family Business Administration's deportation policy.

Mike Carter reports on a statement that uses the very workable phrase "deportation force" to describe the ICE units carrying out Trump's unconstitutional mass deportation program (Seattle ‘Dreamer’ sues over his detention under Trump’s immigration actions Seattle Times 02/14/2017): "Sen. Maria Cantwell said Tuesday that she is 'looking into this troubling situation,' and U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, blaming the Trump administration’s 'deportation force,' demanded Medina’s immediate release."

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