Published: Thu, March 30, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

Judge approves release of jailed Mexican man — APNewsBreak


Adams says he expects 24-year-old Daniel Ramirez Medina to be released Wednesday, possibly by noon, pending his deportation proceedings.

"Daniel has been in detention for nearly two months", said Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr., a member of Ramirez' legal team.

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Their hug was silent, their smiles broad.

Daniel Ramirez Medina, a Mexican man who was detained despite his participation in a program created to prevent the deportation of people brought to the US illegally as children, was released from federal custody Wednesday after six weeks.

Local 'Dreamers, ' including Kamau Chege, a member of the Washington Dream Coalition, have been closely following Ramirez's experience.

He was smiling as he hugged his brother as he was freed.

"I'm so happy to be reunited with my family today and can't wait to see my son", he said. He briefly spoke to reporters and thanked his supporters.

"I am hopeful that I will have a future in this country, but I know that this case is not just about me".

An immigration court judge granted Ramirez' release on $15,000 bond on Tuesday.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested Ramirez on February 5, having come to arrest his father, a repeat immigration violator, at their suburban Seattle apartment. While he was detained, immigration officials revoked his protected status through DACA and began deportation proceedings against him.

Immigration Judge John Odell granted bond after Ramirez spent 40 minutes answering questions from prosecutors about his alleged connections with gangs, which he repeatedly denied. "He stayed true, and the government had no evidence whatsoever". His lawyers also allege his arrest is a violation of his constitutional right to due process.

Ramirez, who came to the U.S.at 7, has no criminal record and twice passed background checks to participate in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows young people brought to the USA illegally as children to stay in the country and work. "Daniela's case is representative of the mean-spirited and misguided immigration policy of this administration", said her attorney, Michelle Lapointe of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

So-called "Dreamers" can live and work in the USA temporarily, though the program doesn't grant citizenship or permanent residency.

After his detention, Ramirez filed a lawsuit in federal court arguing that his detention was unconstitutional.

ICE issued this statement: "Following last week's decision by the U.S. District Court that his case should proceed in immigration court, Mr. Ramirez's counsel requested a bond hearing with the Executive Office for Immigration Review".

Martinez nevertheless said "many questions remain regarding the appropriateness of the government's conduct" in arresting him.

Ramirez was brought to the United States from Mexico as a child and twice authorized for the Obama-era DACA program. Last December, he entered a diversion program following a drunken driving arrest and had attended all his court dates and required meetings, the American Civil Liberties Union of OR said in a statement.

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