According to USA Today, Juan Manuel Montes was a DREAMer the federal government promised to allow stay in the country. But that mean old President Trump -- breaking his word -- had Juan Manuel Montes picked up and deported on February 17.
USA Today based this on claims by Juan Manuel Montes, his lawyers, advocacy groups for illegal aliens.
However, Homeland Security had no record of any Juan Manuel Montes.
Hmm. If it looks too good to be true, kids, it ain't.
CNN and other Fake News media outlets picked up on the story, which USA Today headlined, "First protected DREAMer is deported under Trump."
You know, when I was younger, I could do a pretty good Paul Harvey imitation, including his closing, "Good. Day?" Actually, it was not quite a question, more like how a Valley Girl ends a sentence.
And now for the rest of the story.
Federal agents ignored President Trump's pledge to protect from deportation undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children by sending a young man back to his native Mexico, the first such documented case, a USA TODAY examination of the new administration's immigration policies shows.
After spending an evening with his girlfriend in Calexico, Calif., on Feb. 17, Juan Manuel Montes, 23, who has lived in the U.S. since age 9, grabbed a bite and was waiting for a ride when a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer approached and started asking questions.
Montes was twice granted deportation protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program created by President Barack Obama and left intact by President Trump.
Montes had left his wallet in a friend's car, so he couldn't produce his ID or proof of his DACA status and was told by agents he couldn't retrieve them. Within three hours, he was back in Mexico, becoming the first undocumented immigrant with active DACA status deported by the Trump administration's stepped-up deportation policy.Toward the end of a lengthy story explaining the virtues of this innocent young man, the national newspaper reported:
After USA TODAY published the story, the Department of Homeland Security — which had refused a request for comment for 24 hours — said it could not confirm details of Montes' deportation. Spokeswoman Jenny Burke said the department had no record of him renewing his DACA status after it expired in 2015, even though Montes' attorneys provided a copy of his work authorization card that showed his DACA status was valid through 2018.The next day, U.S. News and World Report reported:
But officials from Homeland Security tell a much different story, stating that they have no record the first encounter ever occurred and instead suggested Montes-Bojorquez had violated his status by voluntarily crossing the border.
“Juan Manuel Montes-Bojorquez was apprehended by the Calexico Station Border Patrol after illegally entering the U.S. by climbing over the fence in downtown Calexico,” a spokesperson for U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Wednesday morning. “He was arrested by Border Patrol just minutes after he made his illegal entry and admitted under oath during the arrest interview that he had entered illegally.”
His DACA status expired in August 2015, the spokesperson said, and he was notified at that time of the expiration. That fact was later corrected in a statement from the Department of Homeland Security, also released Wednesday morning, which noted that his DACA expiration date was, as the USA Today story reported, Jan. 25, 2018.
But the DHS statement goes on to underscore that Montes-Bojorquez lost his DACA status when he left the U.S. without advanced parole on an unknown date prior to his arrest by Border Patrol.
“During Mr. Montes-Bojorquez’s detention and arrest by the United States Border Patrol on February 19, he admitted to agents that he had illegally entered the United States and was arrested,” the DHS statement reads. “He later admitted the same under oath. All of the arrest documents from February 19, 2017, bear Montes-Bojorquez’s signature.”
The statement continued: “During his arrest interview, he never mentioned that he had received DACA status. However, even if Montes-Bojorquez had informed agents of his DACA status, he had violated the conditions of his status by breaking continuous residency in the United States by leaving and then reentering the U.S. illegally.”(Chuckles) And now you know the rest of the story.
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