Gutiérrez On Detention Of Daniel Ramirez Medina, An Individual With DACA
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement in response to news that an individual with a work permit and deferred action granted under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative was arrested in Seattle, Washington. Daniel Ramirez Medina is still being held by immigration authorities at last report.
The following is a statement from Rep. Gutiérrez who is beginning his 13th term representing the Fourth District of Illinois, who is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and is the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus:
Donald Trump has crossed a line and he should let Daniel go. Let him go. Immigration authorities have no reason and no right to hold someone who has been granted deferred action, holds a valid work permit, and is an asset to his family and his community. Just let him go.
What does Donald Trump want with someone who is working above board, on-the-books, who has gone through an extensive criminal background check twice and is complying with the law, at home minding his own business? This is disgraceful.
The Republican Leadership and the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives are all sitting on their hands as the new President rewrites deportation and immigration policy, arrests and detains innocent people who are authorized to be here, blocks and detains people with visas, all with zero oversight. ICE personnel refuse to meet with or provide information to Members of Congress on any of their activities and this is not the way democracy is supposed to work.
If House leaders are not willing to use their gavel and do their job to protect the American people and the rule of law, something is seriously wrong.
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