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>> Daniel free!>> One dreamer facing deportation, accused of being a gang member. The US Justice Department wants to deport Daniel Ramirez Medina, a 23 year old Mexican immigrant with a work permit, arrested near Seattle last week. His case closely watched as a dreamer, one of 750,000 some people brought to the U.S. illegally as children but granted temporary permission to live and work here legally after President Barack Obama established the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, or DACA, in 2012.
Reuters reporter Dan Levine has been following his case.>> So US immigration authorities say that he has had a gang tattoo on his forearm, and that he used to hang out with gang members in California, and still did a little bit in Washington state. Ramirez's lawyers deny that he has any kind of gang affiliation at all.
ICE says that, since 2012, when Obama was President, they've deported over or about 1,500 DACA recipients for convictions related to gangs or gang affiliations. But we still haven't been able to determine, independently, whether under President Obama, the government deported people just for being affiliated with the gang and not having an actual criminal conviction on their record.
>> Ramirez has filed a lawsuit challenging his detention. A hearing is scheduled for Friday. So what does this case mean for the Dreamers?>> So they haven't said one way or another about a new policy as far as Dreamers go, but what they are saying as far as this case is, that it's consistent with longstanding policy.
>> Ramirez's arrest comes as ICE carried out a sweep last week, arresting more than 680 people in the country illegally. The broad enforcement has alarmed immigrant rights groups.