ICE To Release Detained 'Dreamer' Daniela Vargas

US POLITICS

US POLITICS

Daniela Vargas speaks about the recent immigration raid that picked up more than 50 allegedly undocumented immigrants including her father and brother during a news conference Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at the Jackson, Miss., city hall.

Vargas is still not safe from deportation, but will be able to live outside of immigrant detention as she awaits a final decision on her case.

"I don't understand why they don't want me", Vargas said in a statement to ABC News after she was arrested.

Vargas went to high school in Morton, Mississippi, attended a community college and then enrolled at the University of Southern Mississippi, having twice obtained protection from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

ICE spokesman Thomas Byrd later released a statement saying Vargas had been detained as part of a "targeted immigration enforcement action"-an explanation that did nothing to undercut the impression that Vargas was being punished for sticking her neck out to voice her beliefs". ICE's assertion that her detention is "routine" is absurd and seems anything but.

Vargas' attorneys expected her to return to MS, where she was arrested by ICE agents on March 1 after speaking at a press conference outside Jackson City Hall that was organized by a coalition of civil rights lawyers and other advocates for immigrants.

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Vargas was brought to the United States by her family from their native Argentina when she was just 7, Peterson previously told BuzzFeed News.

Her father and brother were arrested by ICE officials last month, and Vargas was arrested in early March because her DACA status was out of date - it had reportedly expired in November, and Vargas couldn't afford to pay the $495 renewal fee until February.

Danielle says that her father has never been charged with a crime here in the USA, her brother, just a shoplifting charge.

Vargas' attorneys said she applied to renew in December and her application was pending at the time of her arrest, according to her attorneys.

Her attorney said her arrest "could be retaliation". Peterson said that it was expected that Vargas would soon be returning home.

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