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DHS Issues Statement on Arrest of Admitted Alien Gang Member in Washington

February 15, 2017  | 

Photo: Departement of Homeland Security Press Office
Photo: Departement of Homeland Security Press Office

Under Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policy, aliens granted deferred action from deportation who are subsequently found to pose a threat to national security or public safety may have their deferred action terminated at any time and DHS may seek their removal from the United States. This includes those who have been arrested or convicted of certain crimes, or those who are associated with criminal gangs. Since the start of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in 2012, approximately 1,500 recipients have had their deferred action terminated due to a criminal conviction, gang affiliation, or a criminal conviction related to gang affiliation.

On February 10, Daniel Ramirez-Medina, a gang member, was encountered at a residence in Des Moines, WA, during an operation targeting a prior-deported felon. He was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and was transferred to the Northwest Detention Center to await the outcome of removal proceedings before an immigration judge.

This case illustrates the work ICE fugitive operations teams perform every day across the country to remove public safety threats from our communities when they encounter them. ICE officers, along with their law enforcement partners, have and will continue to enforce our nation's laws to protect public safety, national security, and to preserve the integrity of our immigration system.

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Federali @ 2/16/2017 6:12 PM

But it's not right to tear his family apart! He's only here to make a better life for himself! He didn't have a choice, he was brought here by his parents when he was a child! To all that I say, "Oh well! Shouldn't have F'd up, you might of had a chance to stay. Adios, enjoy YOUR home country."

kevcopaz @ 2/17/2017 6:20 AM

Great to have a sane reasonable policy whine comes to this enforcement. I bet the ICE guys are holding their heads up high and so very glad to be allowed to do thier job once again. The "tearing families apart" crap is just that BS! The ones who caused this are the parents who chose to take the risk by breaking the law . They don't need to tear the family apart, bring them with you to Mexico or your own homeland. They are American citizens and they can come back when they are 18 or for that matter anytime they want to do so. Or they can leelgally stay in Mexico, see how they are treated there since they would not qualify to be Mexican citizens, don't have the $to pay to stay! Question: when American criminals commit a crime do we not still make them accountable and sent them to jail or prison even though that would "tear families apart"? We sure do, so why do these people who are illegals think they are owed something different the a CITIZEN of the USA? Self absorbed arrogance !

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