When you are breaking the law, it’s never a good idea to call attention to yourself as one unlucky illegal found out. Daniela Vargas, 22, spoke about her illegal status during a press conference and just a little time later, she was stopped by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) She has been detained but her current status has not yet been revealed. Recently, her brother and father were also detained by ICE.
The Clarion-Ledger reports:
Vargas, an Argentine national who arrived in the U.S. at age 7, was previously protected under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Her DACA status, however, recently expired.
Vargas’ attorney Abby Peterson told The Clarion-Ledger that Vargas’ car was pulled over by ICE agents moments after the news conference, and they told her, “You know who we are, you know what we’re here for.”
The press conference was hosted by local churches, immigration attorneys and the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance to speak about recently deported families.
Press conference happening in downtown Jackson on immigration, ICE raids and the Trump administration pic.twitter.com/xaSK9wPS0N
— Sarah Fowler (@FowlerSarah) March 1, 2017
Her father and brother were also recently detained by ICE agents as they are likewise in the country illegally. Under direction from President Trump and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, ICE has stopped the prioritizing the deportation of only the most serious of criminals.
Vargas’ attorney told The Clarion-Ledger: “The concern is, with the priorities as they were set forth in the executive order, people who are not criminals, people who have not been convicted, people who have not even been charged will be swept up by ICE at the same time as violent criminals.”
Hey, numbnuts. Illegal immigration is a crime.