Federal agents have deported a “Dreamer” to Mexico, possibly the first such documented case under President Trump’ immigration policies, The Guardian reports. Juan Manuel Montes, 23, was supposedly protected under the the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, but agents detained and swiftly expelled him in February. Montes had lived in the U.S. since the age of nine and obtained de facto amnesty from an Obama-era policy that Trump has kept intact, citing his “big heart.” 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.
“Juan Montes was the target of abusive law enforcement officers and deported from his family and home,” said Greisa Martinez of United We Dream. Trump met Dreamers before running for president, and after taking office retained DACA protections, which cover more than 750,000 undocumented immigrants, signalling they would escape his immigration crackdown. “They shouldn’t be very worried,” he told ABC News in January. “I do have a big heart.” Even so, at least 10 have been detained, says United We Dream. Montes, who suffered a traumatic brain injury as a child, appears to be the first to be deported. Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), who has long advocated for Dreamers, demanded that the Department of Homeland Security explain Montes’s expulsion.