An illegal immigrant found out the hard way that she is no longer in former President Barack Obama’s America when she was detained after speaking out about her immigration status Wednesday in a Jackson, Mississippi, news conference.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents nabbed Daniela Vargas, 22, just after she spoke and took her into custody, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported.
Vargas was previously protected under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, as her family had entered the U.S. when she was seven. Her DACA status had expired in November 2016, and she did not renew it.
Vargas’ brother and father were detained outside their home by ICE agents in February while Vargas hid in a closet. After that, Vargas told the Clarion-Ledger, she had planned to go into hiding, but she came out of hiding to speak at an awareness-raising news conference arranged by local immigration attorneys.
She drove away from the conference with a friend. Agents reportedly pulled the vehicle over and told Vargas, “You know who we are, you know what we’re here for.”
Ramiro Orozco, an immigration attorney who was also at the conference, told the Jackson Free Press what he thought about the incident:
“This is clearly retaliation for speaking out,” he said.
It’s more like ICE is finally being allowed to do its job.
Thomas Byrd, ICE public affairs officer, said Vargas was detained as routine enforcement, according to NBC.
“ICE does not conduct sweeps or raids that target aliens indiscriminately,” he added.
It didn’t make a whole lot of sense for Vargas, who knew her DACA status had expired, to speak out in public about immigration, especially after what had happened to her father and brother.
Vargas’ attorney, Abby Peterson, told the Clarion-Ledger that since Vargas came into the country on a visa waiver program, she could be processed without a hearing.
The left will claim this is another example of Trump breaking up families, instead of focusing on the fact that all of the people detained or arrested were examples of illegal immigrants breaking the law.
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