A Mexican immigrant approved to remain in the United States under the DACA act says he was falsely classified as a gang member by ICE officials.
Dreamer Daniel Ramirez Medina was detained at a Washington Detention Center in Tacoma and placed in a gang unit.
However, according to Ramirez Medina he was never in a gang and petitioned to get out of the unit.
“I came in and the officers said I have gang affiliation with gangs so I wear an orange uniform. I do not have a criminal history and I’m not affiliated with any gangs,” Ramirez Medina wrote.
Yet, when Medina got the petition back, he says it was altered to make it read like he was in a gang.
“I have gang affiliation with gangs so I wear an orange uniform. I do not have a criminal history and I’m not affiliated with any gangs,” the document now read.
A copy of the document (see above) also shows the first part of Medina’s statement was erased.
Medina has now filed a lawsuit in a federal court.
Meanwhile, it is unclear why Ramirez Medina was arrested in the first place.
ICE spokeswoman Rose Richeson told the Seattle Times the ICE officials were targeting a prior felon, thought to be Ramirez Medina’s father, at the time of Ramirez Medina’s arrest.
Homeland Security has also made it clear that Dreamers will, under the Trump administration, be deported if “pose a threat to national security or public safety.”
Thus, if Ramirez Medina is found to be a gang member he may face deportation despite DACA allowances.