Daniel Ramirez Medina of Mexico, 23, was arrested by Seattle ICE agents at his father's home.
Ramirez's case is different: He is authorized to work in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program ordered by former President Obama.
That was dismissed by Mark Rosenbaum, one of Ramirez's lawyers, who said Ramirez "unequivocally denies being in a gang" and is the victim of a witch-hunt.
"While in custody, he was repeatedly pressured by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to falsely admit affiliation", Dettmer told Reuters. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Rose Richeson said in a statement Wednesday.
In one alleged incident, a group of four men decked out as ICE agents approached an immigrant in Woodside, Queens, and demanded that he fork over all of his money to avoid being detained and deported to his home country. "We're going to have a very strong border".
Advocates say that the government has "betrayed" the promise of Mr. Obama's policy, and said if Mr. Ramirez is a target, it means nobody is safe from deportation. He says that Trump's executive orders have eliminated the priorities for deportation that were established under the Obama administration.
John Binder is a contributor for Breitbart Texas.
During an interview with Time magazine late past year, Trump expressed sympathy for the more than 740,000 people in the DACA program, which started in 2012.
The Homeland Security secretary called the focus of the recent raids, which resulted in the arrests of almost 700 undocumented immigrants, "consistent with the routine, targeted arrests carried out by ICE's Fugitive Operations teams on a daily basis".
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That anxiety was fed by reports, subsequently confirmed by ICE officials, that along with unauthorized immigrants who had committed serious crimes, others were caught in the dragnet if they happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, lacking papers.
"Since the start of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in 2012, approximately 1,500 recipients have had their deferred action terminated due to a criminal conviction, gang affiliation, or a criminal conviction related to gang affiliation", the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, under which immigration enforcement agents operate, said in a statement.
Ramirez's lawyers have filed suit in federal court saying their client is being unlawfully held by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.
Ramirez's legal team is "going under the impression that this might have been a mistake", Dettmer said.
"We trust our government not to make false promises, not to play bait and switch with people", Rosenbaum said. I have a right to not open the door unless they have a warrant signed by a judge. A hearing in the case is scheduled for Friday.
Ramirez Medina's attorneys have wondered the same, but since ICE has provided few details about what information of evidence they have, it's a question that so far remains unanswered.
"I am very aware that if immigration authorities come knocking on my door, I have a right to remain silent. Ask for a warrant, they can not enter your home without a warrant that names a person specifically and it must be signed by a judge", CAFE's Executive Director, Sarah Silva said.
DACA was created as a temporary measure to avoid the deportation of hundreds of thousands of youths who came illegally to America as children with their parents, have lived nearly their entire lives in the U.S. and are integrated into United States culture.