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Could Gang Affiliation Be Used to Round Up DACA Recipients?

Immigration rights advocates fear that gang membership will be an easy way to criminalize whole groups of people.
A protester outside a U.S. District Court in Seattle on Friday during a rally in support of DACA recipient Daniel Ramirez.
A protester outside a U.S. District Court in Seattle on Friday during a rally in support of DACA recipient Daniel Ramirez. David Ryder/AP

This story was first published in Spanish on our sister site, CityLab Latino.

A week ago, federal immigration authorities arrested and detained 23-year-old Daniel Ramirez, a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient in Des Moines, Washington. The arrest—possibly the first such arrest under the Trump administration—has spurred panic in the immigrant advocacy community, fueling speculation that even DACA recipients won’t be safe from the large-scale deportations President Trump promised throughout his campaign.