First DACA Enrollee Deported Under Trump
Federal immigration authorities recently deported a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) enrollee, despite assurances from the Trump administration that the program remains in effect. Juan Manuel Montes-Bojorquez, with the assistance of the National Immigration Law Center, is now suing the U.S. government for documents explaining why he was deported to his native Mexico in February, NPR reported.
Montes-Bojorquez, who had twice been granted protection from deportation under DACA, filed suit against U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, alleging that the government has ignored all requests for information about his deportation.
The case is raising concerns about the administration's policy toward DACA recipients. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday that "DACA enrollees are not being targeted." However, this incident, coupled with other arrests of so-called Dreamers, calls that into question.
In March, 22-year-old Daniela Vargas of Mississippi was detained for two weeks after speaking out in a news conference against her father's detention. In February, 23-year-old Daniel Ramirez Martinez of Seattle was detained for more than six weeks after he was picked up in a raid that targeted his father.
Further, a March 9 tweet from Immigration and Customs Enforcement stated that "DACA is not a protected legal status, but active DACA recipients are typically a lower level enforcement priority."