The man entered the US illegally but allowed to legally work in the US due to Obama's DACA policy
Daniel Ramirez Medina, 23, was taken into custody while asleep at his father’s house by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers.
Officers arrived at the Seattle home to arrest Medina’s father, although court documents do not make clear why he was apprehended.
Ramirez Medina was granted temporary permission to legally live and work in the US under Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) policy.
The programme, established in 2012, protects 750,000 migrants who were illegally brought into the US as children and gives them the right to work legally in the country.
Ramirez Medina has challenged his detention in Seattle’s federal court claiming his constitutional rights had been infringed as he had permission to work under the DACA programme.
ICE agents asked if Ramirez Medina was in the country legally, to which he replied he had a work permit. He was then taken to a processing centre where he showed his DACA permit, according to the lawsuit.
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One agent allegedly said: "It doesn't matter, because you weren't born in this country.”
The Mexican-born migrant came to the US in 2001, aged around seven. He is alleged to have a three-year-old child.
Ethan Dettmer, who is representing Ramirez, claimed he was unaware of any other DACA recipient being arrested.
Mr Dettmer said: "We are hoping this detention was a mistake.”
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Another one of Mr Dettmer’s lawyers, Mark Rosenbaum, claimed the DACA programme was a “promise” from the federal government that recipients of the Obama policy would not be deported.
She said: “We have no reason to believe that promise will be broken. This case should not see the inside of a courtroom.”
Donald Trump promised to clampdown on the estimated 11 million illegal migrants in the US, most of whom come from Mexico and Latin American countries.
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It doesn't matter, because you weren't born in this country
Trump’s administration told US media they were working on a policy to deal with migrants covered by DACA.
Trump said: "They are here illegally. They shouldn't be very worried. I do have a big heart. We're going to take care of everybody. We're going to have a very strong border.”
More than 680 illegal migrants were arrested in the US last week, according to immigration officers.
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