As a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Daniel Ramirez-Medina’s status as a legal resident of the U.S. should have been fully ensured. Despite that protection, Ramirez-Medina was arrested by federal agents during a raid of his home near Seattle, Washington, on February 10. Immigration and Customs Enforcement contends Ramirez-Medina is a “self-admitted” gang member who filled out documentation attesting to that fact. But his attorneys say the document upon which the government’s case rests has been doctored to intentionally create a gang affiliation, and grounds for deportation, where none exists.
Ramirez-Medina is currently being held at a facility in Tacoma. Last week, he petitioned to be removed from a unit that houses gang members. In the request, Ramirez-Medina wrote, “I came in and the officers said I have gang affiliation with gangs so I wear an orange uniform. I do not have a criminal history and I’m not affiliated with any gangs.” But according to his lawyers, when the document made its way back to Ramirez-Medina five days later, a key phrase had been deleted.
“I have gang affiliation with gangs so I wear an orange uniform,” the paperwork now read. “I do not have a criminal history and I’m not affiliated with any gangs.”
So they are literally editing and changing documents to invent, out of thin air, a justification to deport this innocent, LEGAL immigrant?
I mean… of course they are. This isn’t really surprising. Infuriating, yes, but not surprising.
In court papers, the Department of Homeland Security cites a “gang tattoo” as additional evidence of Ramirez-Medina’s criminal ties. The tattoo reads, “La Paz BCS.” As the Seattle Times notes, “La Paz means peace in Spanish, and is also the capital of Baja California Sur, the meaning behind the initials and the part of Mexico where Ramirez-Medina was born,” per his lawyers.
What? You didn’t know of the notorious Peace gang?
They’re real. And you should be afraid of them.
They go around annoying people by telling them to be peaceful, often in really annoyingly nice ways.
I was a victim of them. I’ll never forget it…
I was arguing with someone about something, and this immigrant (I knew he was an immigrant because he looked like one. WHAT?!? THAT’S NOT RACIST!) with a La Paz BCS tattoo walked up to us and dared… dared!… to mediate the argument and help us come to an agreement!
We both felt victimized, but decided against calling the police.
But I will never forget feeling so grateful. He was so… so… helpful! It’s just terrible. They’re a menace to society, and need to be stopped!
(The above account may or may not be partially or entirely fictitious, and I may or may not know anyone with said tattoo.)
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