Dreamer’s Deportation Casts Doubt on Trump Administration’s Accountability

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The first reported deportation of a current Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient raises serious questions for the Trump administration.

News broke Tuesday that the Department of Homeland Security deported Juan Manuel Montes, a 23-year-old DACA recipient, to Mexico in February.

The case suggests Trump’s Department of Homeland Security is ignoring the president’s and Secretary John Kelly’s pledge to protect such immigrants. And today Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that all undocumented immigrants are subject to deportation.

The deportation also runs counter to popular opinion. A poll released Tuesday of Texas adults indicates that 91 percent of respondents who identify as Republican support a way for undocumented immigrants to meet strict criteria and earn citizenship. The findings mirror support among Americans overall.

The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum:
“Deporting people who were supposed to be protected is a clear example of a Department of Homeland Security that is acting without any accountability. Such actions are a clear result of the president’s rhetoric.
“Secretary Kelly needs to assert his control, and the department and its agencies need clear enforcement priorities.

“The majority of Americans do not want an enforcement-only approach, but rather a constructive way forward that does not target young immigrants like Juan Manuel Montes and other undocumented immigrants who pose no threat to public safety. The Trump administration continues to demonstrate that all undocumented immigrants are a priority for deportation. That sows fear and wastes resources. Not just the administration but also Congress must act to set priorities and spend limited resources wisely.”

About Ramón Jiménez

Ramón Jiménez, actual Managing Editor de MetroLatinoUSA. Periodista que cubre eventos de las comunidades latinas en Washington D.C., Maryland y Virginia. Graduado de la Escuela de Periodismo de la Universidad del Distrito de Columbia. Galardonado en numerosas ocasiones por parte de la Asociación Nacional de Publicaciones Hispanas (NAHP) y otras organizaciones comunitarias y deportivas de la región metropolitana de esta capital. También premiado en dos ocasiones como Mejor Periodista del Año por la cobertura de la comunidad salvadoreña; premios otorgados por la Oficina de Asuntos Latinos del Alcalde de Washington (OLA) y otras organizaciones. Ha sido miembro del jurado calificador en diferentes concursos literarios, de belleza y talento en la región metropolitana. Ha visitado zonas de desastre en Nicaragua, Honduras y El Salvador e invitado a esos países por organizaciones que asisten a personas de escasos recursos económicos. Antes trabajó en otros medios de prensa de Virginia y Washington, D.C., incluyendo reportajes para una agencia noticiosa mundial.

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