Federal immigration agents arrested more than 600 people, including 161 in the Los Angeles area, during a weeklong dragnet targeting criminal offenders living in the country illegally, USA officials said Monday.
Ramirez Medina has a work permit under Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA.
DACA was created as a temporary measure to avoid the deportation of hundreds of thousands of youths who came illegally to America as children with their parents, have lived nearly their entire lives in the U.S. and are integrated into USA culture.
The move ushers in new questions about what life will be like for immigrants brought to the U.S.as children - as Ramirez was, when he was 7 years old. Ramirez came to the United States from Mexico when he was 7 years old and became a DACA recipient in 2014 and renewed in 2016, according to court papers filed by his attorneys. He is suing the government after being arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
ICE spokeswoman Rose Richeson defended Ramirez's detention, telling NPR he is a "self-admitted gang member".
DACA recipients were termed "dreamers" by the Obama administration.
Richeson said Ramirez was identified as a risk when he was detained as a self-admitted gang member. Adams said he believes Ramirez was apprehended by mistake.
Inslee says it would be "unconscionable for this Administration to renege on the trust and commitment our country has made to the hundreds of thousands of children and young adults who call America home".
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Mark Rosenbaum, one of Mr Ramirez's lawyers, said he "unequivocally denies being in a gang", but had been "repeatedly pressured" by customs agents to falsely admit to gang links while in custody.
Ramirez filed a challenge to his detention in Seattle federal court on Monday, arguing that the government violated his constitutional rights because he had work authorization under the DACA program.
"President Trump's deportation force has struck our community and taken one of our own", Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., said.
Despite his apparent reassurance, the arrest of Mr Ramirez has sparked concerns about the future of immigrants in the US. The Supreme Court has said that freedom from detention lies at the heart of the liberty protected by the Due Process Clause; ICE's deprivation of that liberty must thus be accompanied by "sufficiently strong special justification".
A young father protected by former President Obama's so-called "Dreamer" act has been locked up by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents near Seattle since Friday morning.
Will Trump Target Dreamers with DACA Repeal? When ICE agents entered, they questioned Ramirez about his legal status, then took him to a processing center in Seattle.