A lawsuit was filed yesterday on the behalf of DACA-recipient Juan Manuel Montes who was approached, and within a matter of hours, deported by federal agents in Calexico, California on February 19. Reports say that he was approached by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer while waiting for a ride and ended up back in his native Mexico after being told he was not allowed to retrieve his ID or proof of DACA approval from his wallet, which he had left in a friend’s car. Montes, a 23-year-old who first arrived in the US at age 9, is the first “DREAMer” to be deported since President Donald Trump took office earlier this year, which marks a clear reversal in prior policy from the Obama administration, where such individuals were not subject to removal, but permitted to stay and work and pay taxes provided they file for a permit and work authorization. Montes’ attorneys have provided evidence showing the validity of his DACA allowance through 2018, and a lawsuit was filed yesterday, requesting that Customs and Border Protection release details of the incident. You can read more about the story here.
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