Little did she know who was waiting for her right outside the press conference.
Yesterday, 22-year old DREAMer Daniella Vargas gave a speech at an immigration press conference in Jackson, Mississippi. She spoke about her life story as a 7-year old illegal immigrant from Argentina to the United States. When she was driving back from the conference, ICE agents pulled her over and arrested her!
Truth be told, she probably should have seen this coming. Last month, ICE agents arrested her brother and father at their home. They are now waiting to be deported, but ICE didn’t deport Ms. Vargas at the time because she told them that she was a “DREAMer,” or someone who had DACA status.
The thing is, Ms. Vargas wasn’t telling the truth at all. DACA is a program that Obama created to give temporary legal status to children who were brought to America at a young age by their parents. While she had DACA status as recently as November last year, it expired months ago on November 11th, 2016. She could have reapplied on time, but waited to reapply until February, months too late. That means her DACA application is still pending and she is not legally allowed to be here. When ICE agents found out about this, they took her into custody only minutes after she left the immigration event where she had publicly spoken about her immigration status.
Talk about moving fast. The Trump administration has given ICE exactly what they needed – the ability to enforce United States law and protect our borders. Keeping this country safe is President Trump’s #1 priority, and we’re already seeing huge steps being taken towards that goal less than two months into the presidency!
BUILD. A. WALL.
Read more at CBS News:
“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 very much feel is my country,” Vargas said, WJTV reported.
Vargas left Wednesday’s event in a friend’s car, Peterson said. They were pulled over minutes later by two ICE vehicles. Approximately four agents approached the vehicle and took Vargas into custody, according to Peterson.
Peterson has not seen nor spoken to her client, but has been told by ICE that Vargas is being held without bond and is being processed as a visa overstay.