‘Dreamer’ detained after press conference to be deported without hearing


A 22-year-old who was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials early Wednesday, moments after giving a speech at an immigration press conference, will be deported without a hearing, according to her lawyer.

Daniela Vargas spoke at a press conference in front of city hall in Jackson, Miss., and was driving away with a friend when ICE officials pulled them over and detained her, her lawyer said, according to The Associated Press.

Vargas’s attorney said ICE agents told her Thursday she would be immediately deported, rather than being offered a court hearing or bond, according to The Huffington Post. ICE said it is pursuing immediate deportation because Vargas entered the U.S. through a visa waiver program, which allows certain foreign nationals to enter the U.S. for fewer than 90 days without a visa, and her family waived some of their rights. 

{mosads}During her Wednesday speech, Vargas discussed her fears of being deported and her dream to stay in the U.S., where she has lived since her family left Argentina when she was 7, The Clarion-Ledger reported.

Vargas’s attorney said she was in the middle of her renewal application to stay in the country after her earlier Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status expired. The policy requires renewal every two years. 

She told the crowd Wednesday that she had come out in public to give her speech at the press conference after being in hiding following the detention of her father and brother.

“Today, my father and brother await deportation while I continue to fight this battle as a Dreamer to help contribute to this country, which I feel is very much my country,” she said, using the term that commonly refers to people who came to the U.S. illegally as children and who have been granted permission to stay under DACA, which was instituted under President Obama.

Before being detained Wednesday, Vargas said she planned to move out of state with her mother and pursue her dream of being a university math professor.

“Now, I’m not so sure my dream will continue to develop,” she said in her speech, according to The Clarion-Ledger. “A path for citizenship is necessary for DACA recipients but also for the other 11 million undocumented people with dreams.”


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