A Washington state man is suing the federal government after he was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who accused him of being a gang member, despite his legal protections under the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.
Daniel Ramirez Medina, 23, has a work permit under the program. His lawyer said he was pressured into confessing gang membership despite not being in one.
This appears to be a complete one-off.
ICE agents showed up at Medina's father's home in the Seattle area on Friday to arrest his father and take Ramirez into custody. ICE spokeswoman Rose Richeson said he was a "risk to public safety."
Matt Adams, legal director of the Northwest Immigrants Rights Project, said this is the first "Dreamer" to be detained under President Trump's immigration policy.
Protesters chanted outside the center where Medina was held.
The statement from ICE raises many serious concerns, and we hope to get answers soon.
Ramirez was brought to the U.S. from Mexico when he was 7. He has a job, a young son and no criminal record.
Trump told TIME last year he was sympathetic toward the 740,000 people protected by DACA.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray condemned Ramirez's detention.
Actor Kai Penn also spoke out.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal called the detention "unconscionable."
Dear Daniel Ramirez Medina, you don't have constitutional rights because you are not an American citizen.— Joe Kays (@JoeyKays) February 15, 2017
But supporters of the ban pointed to Ramirez's lack of citizenship.