Lawyers for Daniel Ramirez Medina said his arrest - for the goal of expulsion - was a first among people included in the so-called DACA program protecting unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.

KIRO 7's Natasha Chen obtained a copy of the complaint, showing that Daniel Ramirez Medina, who has authorization to live and work in the US under DACA, has been in custody in Tacoma since Friday.

A 23-year-old Seattle man arrested last week may have been the first "Dreamer" arrested under President Donald Trump's crackdown on immigration.

"The agents who arrested and questioned Mr. Ramirez were aware that he was a DACA recipient, yet they informed him that he would be arrested, detained, and deported anyway, because he was not 'born in this country", his attorneys wrote in the filing.

"ICE officers took Mr. Ramirez into custody based on his admitted gang affiliation and risk to public safety", Richeson told The Washington Post in an email, adding that Ramirez was facing removal proceedings before an immigration judge. Ramirez's attorneys denied the claim.

He was in the country on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme, or DACA, which was started under President Barack Obama in 2012. "This case should not see the inside of a courtroom", Rosenbaum reportedly said.

DHS - of which ICE is a part - says that approximately 75 percent of those arrested in the enforcement actions have histories of criminal convictions.

Over the past week, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, or ICE, has carried out a series of raids around the country resulting in hundreds of arrests of non-legal immigrants.

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Ramirez-Medina's father was not taken into custody, despite that being the purported objective of the raid.

Protesters rallied outside the Tacoma ICE detention facility demanding Daniel Ramirez Medina be released immediately.

On May 5, 2016, his DACA status was renewed a second time. But despite his reassurances, activists and attorneys have expressed concern that he would roll back the DACA program and potentially use information from it to deport the almost 750,000 young people who have enrolled since Obama created it in 2012. We're going to take care of everybody.

And it's not just DACA recipients who are now suddenly questioning if their status makes them a target of the immigration authorities with whom they have contact.

"We've heard that some parents aren't sending their kids to school because they're afraid to", Sanchez says. "Where you have great people that are here that have done a good job, they should be far less anxious". A Washington State Patrol trooper said Ramirez went 5 miles over the speed limit in Thurston County, and Ramirez listed an Olympia address.

"I do have a big heart", he said. We're going to have a very strong border.

A hearing is set for Friday at U.S. District Court in Seattle.

Ramirez in his lawsuit is seeking his immediate release and an injunction forbidding the government from arresting him again.