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Trump Administration Deports DREAMer Despite His DACA Protection

HeadlineApr 19, 2017
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Twenty-three-year-old DREAMer Juan Manuel Montes is suing the Trump administration for deporting him to Mexico, even though he had been granted legal protection to live and work in the United States until 2018 under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. He had been living in the United States since he was 9 years old. He was deported after he was approached by ICE agents in Calexico, California, and didn’t have his wallet on him, which contained his ID and proof of DACA, since he’d left it in his friend’s car. Within three hours, he was deported to Mexico. Trump has previously said he would not go after DREAMers with DACA. The Department of Homeland Security claims Montes’s DACA expired in 2015, even though his lawyers have a copy of his work authorization card, which shows he had DACA protection through 2018.

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