Daniela Vargas officially released by immigration officials


Daniela Vargas officially released by immigration officials

She has been released on an order of supervision, her lawyers said, meaning she could be detained again until her DACA status is approved.

Vargas father and brother were detained in their home on February 15 as she hid in the closet.

Daniela Vargas speaks about the recent immigration raid that picked up more than 50 allegedly undocumented immigrants including her father and brother during a news conference Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at the Jackson, Miss., city hall.

Vargas, back center, at the March 1 news conference.

Vargas' attorneys expected her to return to MS, where she was arrested by ICE agents on March 1 after speaking at a press conference outside Jackson City Hall that was organized by a coalition of civil rights lawyers and other advocates for immigrants.

Daniela Vargas was in the process of renewing her application for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca), the Obama administration program that temporarily protects from deportation undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainee and immigration activist Daniela Vargas is being released today. As she was leaving, she and a friend were pulled over, and immigration authorities arrested Vargas.

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"Until that's granted, I'm not going to feel secure about her release", Peterson said. She is being held at an ICE detention center in Louisiana.

Every day, as part of routine targeted enforcement operations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Fugitive Operations teams arrest criminal aliens and other individuals who are in violation of our nation's immigration laws.

Abigail Peterson, another lawyer for Vargas, said her client was relieved to be out of custody.

"We will continue to challenge the unconstitutional actions of ICE agents in this case and will not rest until she is no longer under threat of deportation", Naomi Tsu, a deputy legal director for the Southern Poverty Law Center. "They only arrested her after she spoke out on March 1".

Vargas' parents brought her from Argentina when she was 7 under a visa wavier program, which allows immigrants to enter the US without a visa for 90 days but denies them a hearing in front of a judge if they overstay. Tumlin said on a conference call Vargas "spoke up" and "for that she was picked up and put in detention".

She said the events "sharpens the question".



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