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New York City holds #FreeDaniel rally to protest the detention of DACA recipient Daniel Ramirez Medina

New York – On February 16th, 2017 at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Varick Street Federal Building) in New York City; a legal, peaceful and nonviolent demonstration was held to demand that ICE Free Daniel Ramirez Medina and stop ICE raid operations and arrests that are targeting and tearing families apart. This past week there have been hundreds of arrests by ICE, spreading fear and panic throughout immigrant communities all over the country. Most recently, Daniel Ramirez Medina was taken into custody despite being a DACA recipient. 

Activists rally outside 201 Varick St. in lower Manhattan on Thursday to demand Medina’s release after the 23-year-old was detained by immigration officials last week. Medina’s case has drawn sustained attention among the hundreds of arrests made by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials recently because he was granted protections under DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, according to a lawsuit challenging his detention. Medina was brought into the U.S. from Mexico as a child and granted temporary permission to live and work legally in the U.S. under DACA, according to the lawsuit. Medina has no criminal record.
Medina is one of more than 680 immigrants arrested and detained by immigration officials last week, including 41 people in the New York area. The arrests have drawn nationwide attention and set many immigrant communities on edge as they wonder whether last week’s ICE detentions are the first step in President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to deport millions of undocumented migrants. Federal officials have repeatedly claimed that last week’s arrests targeted “public safety threats,” but arrests of people like Medina, who has no criminal record, have moved immigrant rights advocates to demand more detailed data on the individuals arrested.

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