Federal agents arrested an illegal alien who was in former President Barack Obama’s 2012 “Dreamer” amnesty shortly after she left a Wednesday protest against the enforcement of immigration law.
Daniela Vargas, a 22-year-old Argentinian whose family brought her to the U.S. when she was seven, was arrested after talking to the media about the deportation of her illegal alien family members, she told the Huffington Post. She had failed to renew her amnesty “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” status, so ICE classified her as a visa overstay.
According to the Clarion-Ledger newspaper, agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement told Vargas that “You know who we are, you know what we’re here for,” when they detained as she drove away from her press conference. She is being held without bond.
Her Argentinian father and brother were detained on February 15, after living in the United States for at least 15 years, according to the Huffington Post. She was not detained on that day after she claimed that she was protected by Obama’s DACA amnesty.
The roughly 1.4 million illegal aliens who rushed to claim Obama’s partial amnesty and work permits made themselves prime targets for repatriation by providing the federal government with their identities, addresses, and their admission that they are in the country illegally, often with forged or expired documents.
“Four years ago I pointed out the fundamental problem with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program,” writes John Miano at the non-partisan Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). “Anyone who signed up for DACA would be adding their names to a list of self-identified illegal aliens. Should a future administration decide that it would start enforcing the law, the DACA program would provide a list of prime candidates for deportation,” he wrote.
“At the time, this was so obvious that I was surprised anyone would be stupid enough to sign up for DACA … Yet apparently hundreds of thousands of people did so anyway,” he added.
Progressives and ethnic advocates are increasingly angry at the President’s popular immigration enforcement policies, which focus on violent criminals but also allow agents to repatriate every illegal in the country.
— Progressive Caucus (@USProgressives) March 1, 2017
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) March 1, 2017
— Jose Antonio Vargas (@joseiswriting) March 1, 2017
On Friday, Univision anchor and Mexican immigrant Jorge Ramos declared in Spanish before a Spanish-speaking audience that the United States belongs to Latino migrants. “Let me repeat this: Our country, not theirs. It is our country. And we are not going to leave. We are nearly 60 million Latinos in the United States,” he said.