Dreamers founder faces deportation despite new guidelines
During his last check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Matias Ramos—a founder of the Dreamers movement—was surprised to find out he had two weeks to voluntarily leave the U.S. or he would be deported.
To make sure Ramos complied, ICE placed an electronic tracking device around his ankle.
The shackled Dreamer mobilized his support network and lawyers to find out why ICE had suddenly called for his deportation.
A day before this interview, a representative of a privately owned subcontractor monitoring Ramos’s whereabouts for ICE visited Ramos’s home to remove the device. He found out his case will be reviewed in March.
Ramos is just one example immigrants who have found themselves on the verge of deportation despite the Obama administration’s announcement last month that it will use new guidelines to review 300,000 pending immigration cases—a move intended to expedite the deportations of individuals considered high priority.
ICE said it is finalizing the process and training field personnel to apply the new guidelines.
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