Immigration agents detained Daniel Ramirez Medina in Seattle because of his admitted gang ties. Ramirez was brought to the U.S. illegally as a child and has been thus far protected from deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
This policy was started by the Obama administration and is allowing undocumented immigrants who enter the country as minors to receive deferred deportation and eligibility for work permits.
Documents filed with the U.S. District Court show that Ramirez stated “‘no, not no more,’ when asked if he is or has been involved with any gang activity.” They also show that Ramirez, who was born in Mexico, arrived in the United States at the age of 7. He was also asked about his tattoo which he described it as a “gang tattoo.”
Ramirez admitted to being affiliated with the Surenos Gang in California. He eventually fled to Washington State to escape them but also admitted to associations with gang members there as well.
Mark Rosenbaum, Ramirez’s lawyer, has stated that the documents are false because his client is innocent.
“It is a blatant falsehood that defames this young man, I suppose, to justify what was a mistake at the beginning,” Rosenbaum said of the 23-year-old’s arrest and detention by immigration agents Friday.
While many people in both parties feel strongly about children being given a fresh start in the U.S., surely there has to be a line drawn when those children grow up to be adults who affiliate themselves with criminal organizations. How could we possibly give more chances to a person who enters the country illegally than one who was born here? Does this even pass the straight-face test?
(Source: Fox News)