Juan Manuel Montes has lived in the US since age nine and was supposedly protected by Obama-era policy, inspiring an outcry from activists
Federal agents have deported a Dreamer to Mexico, maybe the first such documented lawsuit under Donald Trumps immigration policies.
Juan Manuel Montes, 23, was supposedly protected under the the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals( Daca) programme but agents detained and swiftly expelled him in February, it emerged on Tuesday.
Montes had lived in the United States since the age of nine and acquired de facto amnesty from an Obama-era policy which Trump has kept intact, quoting his big heart.
But US Customs and Border Protection( CBP) officers approached him on the street in Calexico, on Californias border with Mexico, and deported him three hours later without making him a chance to fetch his active Daca permit.
The news, first reported by USA Today, inspired an outcry from immigrant activists and others who applied the hashtag #JusticeForJuan.
Juan Montes was the target of abusive law enforcement officers and deported from his family and home, told Greisa Martinez, advocacy administrator of United We Dream, and herself a Daca beneficiary.
We demand # JusticeForJuan and requirement that he be allowed to return home. Immigrant youth and communities across the country will not stop fighting and organizing until Juan Montes wins justice and freedom.
Trump gratified Dreamer before operating for chairman and after taking office retained Daca protections, which incorporates more than 750,000 undocumented immigrants, signalling they would escape his immigration crackdown. They shouldnt be very worried, he told ABC News in January. I do have a big heart.
Even so, at least 10 have been detained, according to United We Dream. Montes, who suffered a traumatic brain injury as small children, believe that there is the first to be deported.
He had spent the evening of 17 February with his girlfriend and was looking for a ride home when a CBP officer approached, he told USA Today.
They detained me, they took me to a centre, they asked me a lot of questions, and I signed a lot of papers.
Montes said he could not understand anything he signed and received no copies. Policemen walked him to the border and released him into Mexicali.
Soon after he was mugged and thumped, he told. Desperate to return home, he followed some people who applied a rope to scale international borders obstacle, simply to be swiftly captured, detained and deported again.
He currently works at a gas station and a tortilla mill and lives with an uncle and aunt at an undisclosed locating in west Mexico.
Senator Richard Durbin, an Illinois Democrat who has long advocated for Dreamers, demanded homeland security explain Montess expulsion.
A group of immigrant rights attorneys have filed a lawsuit in a California federal court asking CBP to liberate details of the encounter which led to Montess detention.
Marielena Hincapi, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, part of Montes legal squad, said the lawsuit would chill immigrants. How does an immigrant family today know that this is not going to happen to them?
United We Dream and the National Immigration Law Center have launched a petition asking John Kelly, the homeland security secretary, to let Montes return.
Montes reportedly has four beliefs, one for shoplifting in January 2016, and three for driving without a license, most recently three months ago. These beliefs are not serious enough to forfeited Daca protections, according to US Citizenship and Immigration Services, the federal agency that approves Daca applications.
Some people told him that they were going to deport me; others said nothing would happen, Montes told USA Today. I thought that if I continued my nose clean nothing would happen.
According to figures from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement( Ice) and Mexicos foreign ministry deportations have slightly declined( in so far) since Trump moved into the White House.
However Ice and CBP agents have set off alarm bells by targeting categories of non-criminals considered off-limits during the course of its Obama era.
Immigration arrests spiked 32.6% in the in the first weeks of Trumps administration, according to Ice figures released to the Washington Post, suggesting that deportations wills rise once those detained are processed.