‘Dreamer’ Deported Despite DACA
‘Dreamer’ deported by Trump administration despite Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This program was created by former President Barack Obama. Twenty-three year old Juan Manuel Montes Bojorquez was walking to a taxi station in Calexico, CA when a Border Patrol agent, on a bicycle, stopped him. The agent asked the young man for his identification. Bojorquez reported that he had accidentally left his wallet in a friend’s car and had no identification. Therefore, he had no way of proving his status as a “dreamer” allowing him to live legally in the US.
‘Dreamer’ is Walked Across Border
A second officer was called to the scene. This office took Montes into custody that night in February. He was driven to a station near the border. Hours later immigration officials walked Montes across the border, physically removing him from the US. He was left in Mexicali, Baja California. Montes is believed to be the first ‘dreamer’ to be deported despite the fact he has an active work permit.
Attorneys on behalf of the young man filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act yesterday. They demanded that the federal government turn over all information about his sudden removal. There are many conflicting accounts surrounding the case. This leaves many questions unanswered. Nora Preciado, a Los Angeles attorney with the National Immigration Law Center said, “We have through the last few weeks attempted to get the records or any explanation about what happened to Juan Manuel.” She said that the DHS has not yet provided the needed information.
Montes lived with his family, in the US, since the age of nine. He worked picking fruits and vegetables in the fields of California. He was also attending classes pursuing a degree in welding. The young man suffered a traumatic brain injury as a boy and has a cognitive disability. He was enrolled in special education classes through high school. During the last two years he has been employed and has continued his education.