Governmental immigration authorities have arrested the 22-year-old woman from Jackson, Mississippi, Wednesday after she had spoken to media about the arrest and detention of her relatives.
Law enforcement originally declines to detain Daniela Vargas, who was previously granted reprieve from deportation under the previous Obaba administration’s program for deferred action.
Events That Unfolded
This month on February 15, Vargas had been asleep in her home when ICE (Immigration and Custom Enforcement) agents entered the house and detained her family. Her father, who is a painter of homes, had left to work and was stopped in his driveway, said Vargas to The Huffington Post a week ago. She had stated that she didn’t see her brother, who works in construction, who had also been detained.
Vargas and her family arrived in the United States from Argentina around 15 years ago. She was previously protected under Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. This program is not on shaky ground under new president Donald Trump.
As agents arrived, Vargas had an issue with her DACA status that expired. Her application had been receive 5 days prior, but it had been late do to its high cost.
Vargas was terrified when she entered the house and hid, but was detained when ICE agents came into the home with a warrant.
Agents did not want to arrest the woman at the time, but her brother and father were detained in Louisiana.
Vargas spoke to local news organizations regarding her story Wednesday, but days later she was pulled over on the road and immediately arrested, said her lawyer Abby Peterson.
“It could be retaliation,” stated Peterson. “They had been reading about her in the news, they had seen her at this press conference… [maybe] they didn’t want to hear it anymore. Maybe I’m mistaken on that, but common sense would certainly imply that’s what happened.”