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Local DREAMER fears deportation

Posted at 6:03 PM, Feb 15, 2017
Being detained by ICE agents. One local DREAMER says this has become the reality for him and his family. 
Josue Saldivar, currently 25-years-old, moved to Tucson from Sonora, Mexico. His family came to the United States of America with tourist visas when he was 8-years-old. 
He says while he's protected under the DACA program deferred action, he fears deportation.
The fears come after the nation saw the first dreamer, 23-year-old Daniel Ramirez Medina detained by ICE officials. 
"Even with administrative relief, for us to feel safe and protected it speaks to the level of uncertainty that we will always be under in this country," said Saldivar. 
Dreamers are provided a work permit and deportation relief for a two-year period under the "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" executive order. 
Qualifications include: 
  • Being younger than age 31 as of June 15, 2012
  • Living in the United States at least since June 15, 2007
  • In school or have graduated, or be an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or Coast Guard
  • Not convicted of a felony,  significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors
  • Does not pose a threat to national security or public safety.
Dreamers do not have to report to ICE offices, but they have to renew every two years and provide background checks, fingerprints, and updated information. 
Despite what happened in Seattle, a local immigration lawyer, Margo Cowan believes Dreamers are not in danger. 
"I think this is a mistake.I think that young man will be released any time now and I can't imagine that he will be put in removal proceedings," said Cowan.