During the Obama administration illegal immigrants got into the habit of coming out and announcing to the public they were in the country illegally, which would result is no repercussions or sometimes they would even be rewarded with college scholarships to ivy league schools.
Those days are officially over it appears, as an illegal immigrant “DREAMer”, or someone who illegally entered the country as a minor and protected under Obama’s DACA act, was apprehended by immigration agents shortly after speaking at a press conference about her fears of being deported.
Daniela Vargas, age 22, was speaking at a press conference in Jackson, Mississippi, that was being hosted by local immigration attorneys and the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance in order to draw attention to the fears of being deported. Vargas was even featured during an interview on the local news channel WAPT 6.
After the conference, which Vargas spoke at and expressed her own fears since she’s in the country illegally, ICE (Immigrations and Customs Enforcement) agents pulled over her and her friend who was giving her a ride home. They reportedly told Vargas, “You know who we are, you know what we’re here for.” Daniela Vargas was detained and her friend was released.
This isn’t the first time Vargas has had a run in with ICE, as her father and brother were detained outside their home in February while she hid in the closet (irony), but was later released.
Senator Dick Durban, Democrat Party Assistant Minority Leader from Illinois, became involved in the case and tweeted it was “disturbing” that ICE agents might have followed Vargas from an immigration press conference in order to detain her.
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) March 1, 2017
Well, perhaps admitting on live television that you broke the law and are in the country illegally wasn’t the best idea if you’re trying to hide from immigration authorities.
During her speech Vargas stated that her brother and father are already awaiting deportation. Although Vargas assumed she was safe from deportation as a DREAMer, it appears she had not yet renewed her application to continue staying in the country, which must be completed every 2 years.
Vargas’s attorney said she was in the middle of her renewal application to stay in the country after her earlier Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status expired. The policy requires renewal every two years.
She told the crowd Wednesday that she had come out of hiding to give her speech at the press conference, saying she had been in hiding following the recent detention of her father and brother.
“Today, my father and brother await deportation while I continue to fight this battle as a Dreamer to help contribute to this country, which I feel is very much my country,” she said, using the term commonly given to immigrant children studying in the U.S. under DACA.
Before being detained Wednesday, Vargas said she planned to move out of state with her mother and pursue her dream of being a university math professor.
“Now, I’m not so sure my dream will continue to develop,” she said in her speech, according to The Clarion-Ledger. “A path for citizenship is necessary for DACA recipients but also for the other 11 million undocumented people with dreams.”
It appears Daniela Vargas’s “dream” will not continue, nor will her desire to see 11 million illegal immigrants get away with breaking the law yet still enjoying all of the freedoms and benefits of American citizens.
If the point wasn’t made before this apprehension, it certainly should be now, as the days of Obama amnesty hopes are over and there is a new sheriff in town.