Immigration group says protected Dreamer deported

Lauren Perry
April 20, 2017

A young California man protected by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was deported to Mexico earlier this year, becoming the first DREAMer to be expelled under the Trump administration.

"Juan Manuel Montes Bojorquez was apprehended by the Calexico Station Border Patrol after illegally entering the U.S.by climbing over the fence in downtown Calexico", DHS spokesman Matt Lapan told the TheDC. DHS says he acknowledged entering illegally.

Montes had previously been approved twice for deportation protection under the DACA program, created in 2012 under then-President Barack Obama to allow immigrants who came to the U.S.as children to temporarily live and work in the country. "We join others in demanding the immediate return of Juan Manuel Montes to his family and request a full account by DHS as to why the Trump Administration is terrorizing the very same group of people it said it would treat fairly and humanely", CHIRLA executive director Angelica Salas said in the statement.

The lawsuit was brought on behalf of Juan Manuel Montes, a 23-year-old who was brought to the United States when he was 9 and is a resident of California.

Curiel will be asked to decide whether U.S. Customs and Border Protection should release information on Montes' deportation to his team of attorneys, the outlet reported. The agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

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According to Fox News, the lawsuit says that Montes was sent back to Mexico on February 17 after being stopped by law enforcement and asked for identification while walking to a taxi stand in Calexico, California.

U.S. Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican, applauded Montes' removal in a tweet that linked to a story in USA Today, which first reported the case.

Immigrant-rights advocates and high-ranking members of Congress, including the top House Democrat and the second-ranking Senate Democrats, have taken up Mr. Montes's cause, saying he shouldn't have been kicked out, accusing Mr. Trump of breaking his promises, and demanding answers from Homeland Security.

Advocacy organization United We Dream told USA Today that immigration enforcers have targeted DREAMers in their stepped-up deportation efforts. His DACA and work authorization were not set to expire until next year, his lawyers said. The Department of Homeland Security claims that Montes did that, but his lawyers are disputing that claim.

In February 2017, Montes was reportedly visiting his girlfriend in Calexico, California, when he was detained by border patrol. The center and the law firm of Covington & Burling filed a lawsuit Tuesday under the Freedom of Information Act, seeking all CBP documents with information about why he was removed from the United States. Just last month Secretary Kelly promised me that no one with DACA would lose this protection unless they violated the terms of DACA. The lawsuit says that while in Mexico, Montes was assaulted and fearing his life, illegally crossed into the USA again, where he was apprehended and detained before being removed once again to Mexico. "No one should have to file a lawsuit to find out what happened to them".

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