ICE Arrests Former DACA Recipient On Her Job at a Marriott in West Covina

Rebekah Sager
December 22, 2019 - 3:29 pm
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Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested a former DACA recipient while she was at work at a West Covina Marriot. 

According to her family and friends, ICE agents took Daniella Ramirez, 23, into custody at 5:30 a.m. Friday. 

According to NBC 4, Ramirez worked full time in the kitchen and as a receptionist at the hotel for the past two years.

Ramirez came to the U.S. from Mexico with her sister when she was 10-years-old. She graduated from Azusa High School, and her DACA status expired. She told NBC 4 she neglected to renew it out of fear. She says she'd heard she'd be sent to jail if she did.

A family friend told NBC 4 that Ramirez has no criminal record. 

The DACA program allows immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children — known as dreamers — to work or attend school legally while protecting them from deportation.

The program was launched under President Barack Obama. In September 2017, the Trump administration announced it would end DACA protections, but lower federal courts have stepped in to keep the program alive.

KTLA reported that ICE started asking immigration courts to reopen administratively closed deportation cases against DACA recipients who continue to have no criminal record or only a minor record. 

Ramirez's family has launched a GoFundMe page for her legal expenses.