'Dreamer' arrested by ICE admits to belonging to gang
Federal immigration agents arrested a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient in Seattle last week as part of national immigration enforcement operations. The incident, reported on Tuesday, is the first known time officers have taken into custody a non-U.S. citizen who had legal permission from the Obama administration to remain in the country.Ramirez's lawyer denies he made the admission. ICE will likely investigate the claim before the case goes to trial. Many in the media pushed a narrative that he was not to be included in the roundup of criminal illegal aliens. The case does not appear to be as simplistic as first reported.
Daniel Ramirez Medina, 23, illegally entered the U.S. from Mexico as a child and was later given a work permit to stay. While visiting his father's home late last week, U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement officers arrived to arrest his father. The son, who was visiting from Tacoma, Wash., does not have a criminal record, but was also picked up despite having received temporary permission to live and work legally in the country under DACA, which applies to 750,000 people with similar cases.
However, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's office told the Washington Examiner on Tuesday evening that the incident is not what some pro-amnesty groups have made it out to be.
"Mr. Ramirez—a self-admitted gang member—was encountered at a residence in Des Moines, Washington, during an operation targeting a prior-deported felon. He was arrested Feb. 10 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and transferred to the Northwest Detention Center to await the outcome of removal proceedings before an immigration judge with the Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review," Rose Richeson, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson, said in a statement. "ICE officers took Mr. Ramirez into custody based on his admitted gang affiliation and risk to public safety."