By Paulina Firozi
March 28, 2017
A so-called Dreamer who has been detained for six weeks after being picked up by immigration agents was granted release by an immigration judge in Washington state on Tuesday.
Daniel Ramirez Medina will be released on bond after being picked up by Immigration and Customs and Enforcement (ICE) agents in February, according to the Associated Press.
The 24-year-old could be released from custody as soon as Wednesday, according to the report.
Ramirez, who is a recipient of the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, was initially detained when ICE officers showed up at his house in Seattle to arrest his father.
Ramirez reportedly spent 40 minutes at a hearing Tuesday answering questions from prosecutors before the judge granted his release.
“He answered every question the government put to him,” his attorney Mark Rosenbaum told the Associated Press. “He stayed true, and the government had no evidence whatsoever.”
President Trump has called for a crackdown on illegal immigrants but has been unclear on what he plans to do with DACA. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has said that Dreamers are not guaranteed protection from deportation, but they are not considered a priority.
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