Governors of Mexico Support Seattle “Dreamer”

Daniel Ramirez Medina

(photo: Daniel Ramirez Medina / via AP)

Daniel Ramirez Medina, a 23-year-old Mexican, was detained on Feb 10 by federal agents who initially came to arrest his father.

By Gene Johnson / AP
February 4, 2017


“On behalf of Mexican nationals brought to the United States as young children by their parents, the Governors of Mexico would like to express our support and admiration for the daily struggle they endure in their effort to succeed, attain an education and shape their future and their communities’ future through hard work.”


The governors of Mexico have written to an American court to express support for a Seattle-area man who has been detained for weeks despite his participation in a federal program to protect people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

The National Conference of Governors of Mexico sent the letter to U.S. Magistrate Judge James Donohue, who is overseeing the case of Daniel Ramirez Medina. Ramirez, a 23-year-old Mexican, was arrested February 10 in a Seattle suburb by immigration agents who initially arrived to detain his father, identified as a previously deported felon.

“On behalf of Mexican nationals brought to the United States as young children by their parents, the Governors of Mexico would like to express our support and admiration for the daily struggle they endure in their effort to succeed, attain an education and shape their future and their communities’ future through hard work,” the letter reads.

Dated Feb. 25 and entered into the court record late Thursday, it was signed by the conference chairman, Gov. Graco Ramirez Garrido Abreu of the state of Morelos, south of Mexico City. It expresses confidence that Ramirez’s “right to liberty will be fully observed and considered” in the court’s expedited review of his case. Arguments are set for next Wednesday.

Ramirez’s lawyers, who include Laurence Tribe of Harvard Law School and the Los Angeles pro bono firm Public Counsel, argue that Ramirez’s detention violates his constitutional rights, including those to due process and to be free from unreasonable search and seizure. The government has violated the promises it made to him when he participated in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, they say.

Ramirez has no criminal history and twice passed background checks to participate, most recently last spring.

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