DACAs Don’t Panic

February 21, 2017

Last week, Daniel Ramirez, a DACA recipient in Seattle was taken into ICE custody when officers came to his home to arrest his father. Although this situation is certainly alarming, we don’t think this is the time for panic.

From what we’re hearing, attorneys in the case believe this was an isolated incident. It is possible that Daniel’s collateral arrest (whether intentional or not) was a mistake. It does not appear to be part of a larger policy of targeting DACAs or disregarding deferred action protection.

The Immigrant Legal Resource Center has some observations, reminders and tips to share:

  • ICE came into contact with Daniel because they were pursuing his father for a prior removal order and felony criminal record. Most DACAs will not be in close proximity to this type of enforcement activity and at risk for collateral arrest.
  • DACAs with some criminal issues were already at risk and may be more vulnerable now. DACA applicants with criminal records were already potential targets for possible arrest. Even an approved deferred action grant may not protect someone who, subsequent to their deferred action approval, falls under one of the so-called priorities for enforcement or is determined to be a threat to national safety. ICE could use the pretense of gang affiliation for targeting people (DACA or not).
  • DACAs must exercise their right to remain silent! Any resistance to ICE activity that is within one’s constitutionally protected rights (the right to remain silent, the right to not open the door, the right to not sign anything) may be enough to disarm ICE from having the information they need to take a person into custody.
  • There have been a few other unconfirmed reports of DACAs being taken into custody in other parts of the country. Again, these are unconfirmed and we know of no further details. Keep in mind, it is possible that, if they are true, these individuals may have other issues that make them a priority for deportation (criminal issues that have come up, etc.). Deferred action will not necessarily protect a person from deportation in all cases. However, we should not assume that there is a larger pattern such that all DACAs need now be worried.


DACA: Current Status and What to do Now

February 7, 2017

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an American immigration policy started in June 2012 that allows certain undocumented immigrants to the United States who entered the country as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.

During his campaign, President Trump said that he would terminate the DACA program. The DACA is still available and the government is still accepting and approving DACA initial and renewal applications. He has not terminated the DACA program yet, but it could be terminated at any time.

Here are recommendations from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) on what you can do now.

PDF icon DACA: Current Status and Options (February 2017)

The APALRC response to Executive Orders

January 31, 2017

By this point, most of you have heard about the actions taken under the auspices of anti-immigrant Executive Orders over the weekend regarding the travel ban against people from several predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East and Africa who should otherwise be lawfully admitted into the United States as visa holders or lawful permanent residents.

The Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center unequivocally condemns the actions taken by the administration against people who have every right to enter the United States and fully agrees with the statements made by NAPABA and SABA in condemning the Executive Orders, especially in that these Orders “represent a rejection of our core values as a country.”

If you or someone you know has been personally affected this, please do not hesitate to contact the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center at (202) 393-3572, ext. 22. Even if we cannot represent you directly, we will do our best to find you an attorney who can take your case.


Press Releases

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and the South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA)  http://www.napaba.org/…/NAPABA-and-SABA-Condemn-Anti-Immigr…

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) https://cliniclegal.org/news/immigration-orders-weaken-core-american…



Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) – Know Your Rights Guide for Those Denied Entry at the Airport

National Immigration Project – Tools to Defend Your Rights

Immigration Legal Resource Center – Know Your Rights and What Immigrant Families Should Do Now

Gilchrist  Immigrant Resource Center – Community Guide for Immigrant Residents of Montgomery County, MD