Juan Manuel Montes, a 23 year old protected under DACA (deferred action program for childhood arrivals), is the first DREAMer deported under Trump’s administration, according to United We Dream.
Montes was deported on Feb. 17, as reported on USA TODAY, after living in the U.S. since the age of 9. On Tuesday, April 18, advocates launched a petition to demand that Montes return to the U.S., and a group of attorneys “filed a lawsuit in federal court in California… requesting that a judge force Customs and Border Protection to release details of the agent’s encounter with Montes,” according to USA TODAY.
UWD’s petition reads:
“On February 17, Juan Manuel Montes was walking to a taxi stand in his hometown in California when he was approached by border officials and asked for his papers. Though Juan was legally authorized to live and work in America through the DACA program, he was deported to Mexico just hours later.
This is a direct consequence to Donald Trump’s mass deportation agenda and the acts of an unaccountable agency. Juan Manuel must be reunited with his family in California as soon as possible. Join us in demanding Secretary Kelly take immediate action.”
Already, white supremacists are celebrating the deportation of Montes, even though he was supposed to be legally protected by DACA. GOP leaders, including President Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan, have said that DREAMers should not fear. Montes’ deportation is a clear contradiction to those promises and has created an even higher mistrust between immigrants and Trump’s administration.
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) April 18, 2017
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— Imraan Siddiqi (@imraansiddiqi) April 18, 2017
USA TODAY also reported that Montes “suffered a traumatic brain injury as a child that left him with learning disabilities.” This caused Montes difficulty understanding the papers he was signing during his encounter with border patrol.
If you encounter border patrol in the Rio Grande Valley, these are your rights, according to La Union del Pueblo Entero:
Don’t open the door
Immigration agents cannot come in without a signed warrant by a criminal court judge. They can only come in if you let them.
ICE can use anything you can against you in your immigration case, so claim your right to remain silent!
Do not sign
Don’t sign anything ICE gives you without talking to an attorney.
Report and record
Take pictures and video unless you’re on federal government property. Take notes of badge numbers, the number of agents, time, type of car, and exactly what happened!
Don’t show any documents
Unless it’s a letter from your attorney. Do not show any false documents.