DACA Protected Immigrant Who Was Deported Is Now Suing Trump Administration

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A statement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection says that Montes was arrested for "illegally entering the U.S.by climbing over the fence in downtown Calexico".

"During Mr. Montes-Bojorquez's detention and arrest by the United States Border Patrol on February 19, he admitted to agents that he had illegally entered the United States and was arrested", the DHS statement said. The National Immigration Law Center (NILC), which is providing Montes with legal support, said he was actively protected under DACA at the time of his deportation. CBP also said that Montes "has a conviction for theft for which he received probation".

According to Montes' team of lawyers, led by the National Immigration Law Center, Border Patrol then transported Montes to a local station.

For the first time under President Donald Trump, federal agents deported an undocumented immigrant who was brought to the U.S. as a child, USA Today reported.

Montes, who came to the USA when he was 9 years old, since 2014 has been allowed to live and work in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, whose participants are often called "dreamers".

After spending an evening with his girlfriend in Calexico, Calif., on February 17, Juan Manuel Montes, 23, who has lived in the U.S. since age 9, grabbed a bite and was waiting for a ride when a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer approached and started asking questions.

Immigration officials have deported a man who is believed to be the first Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipient to be deported under President Donald Trump's administration.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Dan Hetlage said in an email to KPCC that Montes' DACA status expired in August 2015.

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USA Today first reported about Montes' case. "I miss my job".

"They shouldn't be very anxious", the president told ABC News in January. Leaving the United States without advance permission from the government automatically cancels DACA protections.

Montes's account has been disputed by the Department of Homeland Security. On Tuesday, immigration attorneys filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking more details in the case.

However, the department also cast doubts on the claims made by attorneys in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday on behalf of the deported immigrant, Juan Manuel Montes. However, Montes' attorneys have paperwork showing that he was protected under DACA through 2018. Court documents note that the status of DACA recipients is terminated if the individual leaves the USA without receiving "advance parole".

Announced by the Obama administration in June 2012, DACA allows eligible immigrant youth who were brought to the U.S.as children to live and work here temporarily. According to his lawsuit, Montes suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was a child, which impaired his cognitive ability. But Montes isn't taking this lightly - he's fighting back by suing the Trump administration for not giving him an explanation for his deportation.

"It is beyond the pale that border patrol officers are left to make decisions that impact people's lives and future with absolute impunity", said Angélica Salas of the California-based Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA).

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