A Seattle federal judge on Friday ruled that Daniel Ramirez, the ‘dreamer’ the Justice Department is trying to deport, must be allowed a bail hearing within a week before an administrative immigration court. Jane Lee reports.
The fate of a dreamer facing deportation still hangs in the air. Daniel Ramirez Medina - a 23-year-old Mexican immigrant with a work permit, arrested near Seattle last week - is still in detention, but Friday a Seattle federal judge ruled that Ramirez must be allowed a bail hearing within a week before an administrative immigration court. The case is closely watched as Ramirez is a dreamer - one of 750,000 some people brought to the U.S. illegally as children, but granted temporary permission to live and work here under President Obama's 20-12 DACA policy. The immigration police alleges Ramirez had gang ties and a quote "gang tattoo" on his forearm and should be deported, but Ramirez's lawyers say that's not true and that the tattoo is merely a nautical star and the name of his birthplace, which has nothing to do with any gang. They also say the immigration officers removed words from a written statement by Ramirez denying gang involvement to make it sound like he was admitting gang affiliation. Ramirez has filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging his detention, but the Justice Department is arguing that the federal court doesn't have jurisdiction over this case. The Seattle federal judge has asked both sides to file briefs on whether he has the ultimate authority to hear Ramirez's legal challenge.