Activists Demand Release of Portland 'Dreamer' Arrested By ICE

Man arrested by ICE yesterday came to the US at age 5 and was enrolled in the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

(Joe Riedl)

Update 11:15 am, March 27: Immigrants' rights activists will be holding a rally at 3 pm on Monday outside the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement offices at 4310 SW Macadam Ave. to demand the detained man's immediate release and to denounce the "ongoing campaign of terror against" Latinos.

A regional ICE spokesperson yesterday told WW the agency was working to "gather any releasable information we can provide in response" to yesterday's arrest.

Original post, March 26: The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon announced that Immigrations and Custom Enforcement arrested a Mexico-born Portland community activist and "Dreamer" enrolled in a program enacted under the presidential administration of Barack Obama that protected undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.

The arrest by federal immigration agents of another Dreamer in Seattle last month made national news and sparked a civil rights lawsuit.

The Portland  man, Francisco J. Rodriguez Dominguez, 25, came to the U.S. at age 5, the ACLU says. The arrest apparently took place on Sunday morning at his home.

A recent increase in reported ICE enforcement, both in public places and out of view, has spread fear throughout immigrant communities and led some to propose dramatic action in their defense.

WW has asked the regional ICE office for comment and will update this post when the agency responds. The ACLU press release follows.

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