Mi Familia Vota: We must fight for Mr. Montes in the courtrooms, in the streets, and at the ballot box

04.18.2017
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April 18, 2017

 

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Mi Familia Vota: We must fight for Mr. Montes in the courtrooms, in the streets, and at the ballot box

Trump Has Ushered in a New Era of “Show Me Your Papers”

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, immigrant rights advocates were appalled to learn of the February deportation of Juan Manuel Montes, a DACA recipient who after an evening in Calexico with his girlfriend was detained and deported by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

This is perhaps the first deportation of a DACA recipient who had a current work authorization. He unfortunately did not have his work permit with him when he was detained, but that didn’t stop CBP from deporting him within a matter of three hours.

“What is shocking is not just the speed with which Mr. Montes was deported – residents of the border could tell many stories of how CBP and Border Patrol agents make members of their families disappear in the middle of the night,” said Ben Monterroso, executive director of Mi Familia Vota. “What is most shocking is that it appears a current DACA recipient was not afforded the right to prove his status. Why was he even approached by CBP in the first place? Was he a brown face in the wrong place?”

The National Immigration Law Center and a group of attorneys have filed a lawsuit in federal court in California today demanding that CBP release details of the agent’s encounter with Mr. Montes.

“DACA recipients, who had been cautious since this new administration took office due to the political doublespeak coming from the president himself, now have a clear definitive answer on who he plans to deport,” concluded Monterroso. “We must be proactive. DACA recipients must carry their DACA work permit with them at all times and ensure that they have a plan should they be detained. This is the time to show solidarity with our brave youth who signed up for this program in good faith, believing the government was ready to accept the contributions they were offering to the only country they know as home. We must fight for Mr. Montes in the courtroom, in the streets, and at the ballot box.”

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