Just moments after Daniela Vargas, 22, spoke at a news conference about being illegal and her fear of being deported, she was detained by ICE. Maybe she didn’t get the memo that law and order is back since Trump was elected.
She told the crowd at the press conference: “Today, my father and brother await deportation while I continue to fight this battle as a DREAMer to help contribute to this country, which I feel is very much my country,” she said.
As a friend drove Vargas away from the news conference, their vehicle was pulled over by ICE agents, Peterson said.
Vargas was immediately detained and taken into custody. Her friend was released.
It’s surprising that this doesn’t happen more often. Vargas has had a close call with deportation in the past and currently has a case pending on a visa overstay. Yes, it may sound horrible to some but we’ve got to start enforcing our immigration laws. If not now then when do we start?
The news conference was hosted by local immigration attorneys, churches and the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance to bring attention to families impacted by deportation.
Vargas’ brother and father were detained outside their home by ICE agents in February. Vargas hid in the closet. When she was discovered by agents, she was temporarily handcuffed and then released.
Vargas was 7 years old when her family came to America from Argentina, placing her under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, immigration policy. Under the policy, DACA recipients have to reapply every two years. Vargas’ DACA is expired but her renewal application is pending.
Peterson said she told agents via telephone Vargas had a pending DACA case. However, agents reportedly told Peterson that Vargas was a “visa overstay” and will be detained.
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