Deportation of ‘Dreamer’ to Mexico appears to be first under Trump

4/18/2017 The Guardian

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Federal agents have deported a “Dreamer” to Mexico, possibly the first such documented case under Donald Trump’s immigration policies.

Juan Manuel Montes, 23, was supposedly protected under the the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) programme but agents detained and swiftly expelled him in February, it emerged on Tuesday.

Montes had lived in the US since the age of nine and obtained de facto amnesty from an Obama-era policy that Trump has kept intact, citing his “big heart”.

But US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers approached him on the street in Calexico, on California’s border with Mexico, and deported him three hours later without giving him a chance to fetch his active Daca permit.

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