On Feb. 15 ICE agents arrested Vargas' father and brother during a raid on their home. Jordan Sanders, a friend who was with Vargas at the time of her arrest, expressed disbelief.
Vargas, who came to the USA from Argentina when she was seven years old, was previously granted deportation reprieve under the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.
Attorneys say after speaking out about her concerns, Vargas was detained by ICE agents.
Daniela Vargas spoke at a press conference in Jackson, Miss., before she was detained by ICE. "A path for citizenship is necessary for DACA recipients but also for the other 11 million undocumented people with dreams". "You know who we are, you know what we're here for", they reportedly told Vargas.
A young woman in the process of renewing her legal status to stay in the country has been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Daniela Vargas, 22, is now in ICE detention for a visa overstay. "ICE does not conduct sweeps or raids that target aliens indiscriminately", agency spokesman Thomas Byrd said.
The Trump administration has yet to dismantle the DACA program, which exists at the discretion of the president.
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In a statement later on Wednesday, ICE confirmed Vargas' March 1 arrest, describing her as "an unlawfully present Argentinian citizen". "The current, outdated system depresses wages for our poorest workers, and puts great pressure on taxpayers", Trump said.
The National Immigration Law Center called news about Vargas' detention "troubling".
The federal government's Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a wide-ranging memo on immigration enforcement Tuesday that widens the scope of who can be picked up for being an illegal immigrant, and for what reasons. "It was the most terrible thing, I never thought that this would happen", she said.
Chicago may not "deputize" its police to act as immigration agents nor does it honor so-called detainer requests; but local law enforcement has no say in how Secure Communities shares fingerprints taken by local police with federal agencies.
A popular restaurant was closed for about two weeks after four of its employees were arrested by U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement.
"They have no right to enter your house unless they have a warrant signed by a judge", said Anibal Romero, a Newark lawyer.
If community members don't trust local police, Axtell said they could be victimized at higher rates "because perpetrators will take advantage of the fear they may have of reporting crime". And while we've already seen just how important political protest is in the Trump era, Trump's executive orders on immigration have explicitly liberated ICE agents to pursue any and every undocumented immigrant. "Let us know so as policymakers of a state like California it will help inform us on the policies we need to move forward to better protect these families in California".