During House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) press conference, she took time to defend a self-described gang member whom Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is attempting to deport.
“In another assault on our values, in the past week we have witnessed ICE raids across our nation targeting parents, students, and a DACA protected dreamer,” Pelosi said in her opening remarks.
The DACA-defended dreamer that Pelosi is referring to is Daniel Ramirez Medina of Seattle. ICE officials claim that Mr. Ramirez is “a self-admitted gang member.”
According to NPR:
[Daniel Ramirez Medina] appears to be the first arrest by ICE of a DACA recipient. A federal judge in Seattle has scheduled a hearing in the case for Friday.
According to court documents, Ramirez was born in Mexico and brought to the U.S. when he was about 7 years old.
In 2014, Ramirez was approved to stay in the U.S. under DACA. He paid a fee to register with the government, underwent an extensive background check and was granted a work permit.
The Los Angeles Times further reported:
“Mr. Ramirez — a self-admitted gang member — was encountered at a residence in Des Moines, Washington, during an operation targeting a prior-deported felon,” ICE spokeswoman Rose Richeson said in a statement.
She added that ICE officers “took Mr. Ramirez into custody based on his admitted gang affiliation and risk to public safety.”
Gang membership can be grounds for the government to deny or review an immigrant’s DACA status.
Pelosi, who recently claimed sanctuary cities make America safer, appears to now also support keeping self-described gang members in the United States.
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