(ESPAÑOL) The first deportation of a DACA recipient could have already occurred. The National Immigration Law Center sued the federal government Tuesday in San Diego to obtain records and information on Juan Manuel Montes, who was detained by the Border Patrol in February and allegedly deported back to Mexico.
More than 750,000 people received protection from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which was fashioned to shield children who arrived in the country accompanying their parents or otherwise from being deported. 23-year-old Montes, who came to the country when he was 9 years old, allegedly was included under this protection.
Although the new presidential administration has long touted that it intended to deport anyone in the country illegally, the president himself stated that DACA recipients “shouldn’t be too worried.”
This case is even more alarming since it follows closely behind the detention and release of Daniela Vargas, another DACA recipient who was facing deportation without hearing before the loud public uproar forced her release.
Furthermore, there is already opposition garnered and a legal attack on Trump’s new executive order on immigration. 162 tech companies have banded together and filed an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit challenging the second immigration ban.
The brief is centered on an alleged violation of USC 1152, which requires that “no person shall … be discriminated against in the issuance of an immigrant visa because of the person’s race, sex, nationality, place of birth, or place of residence.” The brief uses this language to validate an accusation that the scope of the ban is far too broad to not indiscriminately target groups of people due to their qualifying characteristics rather than an actual terrorist threat.
Finally, a March report from the Department of Justice shows that federal authorities are currently making more immigration arrests than a decade ago. This increase is accentuated by the Department of Homeland Security overtaking the Department of Justice as the lead arresting agency, with immigration arrests counting for just under half of all 165,265 federal arrests.