Did Trump Deport a DREAMer? DHS Says No
The Trump administration is pushing back on claims that they deported one of Barack Obama’s precious DREAMers in February. While the mainstream media, including USA Today and the Los Angeles Times, have reported that Border Patrol officials deported an illegal immigration under DACA protection in February, Department of Homeland Security officials say that’s a bunch of hogwash.
There is agreement on one point: Juan Manuel Montes Borjorquez, 23, was at one time given deportation protection under the DACA order. But that’s where the agreement ends.
According to the initial news reports, the story goes like this: Borjorquez was quietly minding his own business, waiting for a friend to come pick him up, when he was approached by a U.S. Border Patrol official who asked to see some ID. Borjorquez told the officer that he didn’t have it with him. He was subsequently arrested, and three hours later he was released into Mexicali, Mexico.
Liberal pundits in the media went berserk, calling it a highly disturbing development. This guy had been in the U.S. since he was only nine years old, and he wasn’t hurting anyone. Why would Trump pick on one of the DREAMers, when he promised so many times that he had a “big heart” when it came to those individuals?
Well, it turns out that there may be more to the story than meets the eye.
“Juan Manuel Montes Borjorquez was apprehended by the Calexico Station Border Patrol after illegally entering the U.S. by climbing over the fence in downtown Calexico,” DHS spokesman David Lapan told The Daily Caller. “He was arrested by BP just minutes after he made his illegal entry and admitted under oath during the arrest interview that he had entered illegally.”
The spokesman went on to explain that Borjorquez’s DACA protections expired in 2015, and he was notified of that expiration at the time. “In addition,” Lapan said, “he has a conviction for theft for which he received probation.”
The truth will come out sooner than later because Borjorquez has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration, demanding that Customs and Border Protection release information related to his deportation. His lawyers contend that the deportation described by DHS did indeed occur – but that it happened AFTER the original deportation. They claim their client’s DACA paperwork was current and binding at the time of that first deportation.
Either way, DACA is a remnant of the Obama era, and Trump is under no obligation to continue giving illegal immigrants special protection, especially if they have been convicted of breaking the law. Borjorquez’s repeated run-ins with police show that DREAMers aren’t just the college-bound valedictorians that Obama liked to parade around.