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Mississippi DREAMer Arrested after Press Conference

1 March 2017 2 Comments
Daniela Vargas_Solis, AP

Daniela Vargas speaks about the recent immigration raid that picked up more than 50 allegedly undocumented immigrants including her father and brother during a news conference Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at the Jackson, Miss., city hall. A shot time after the news conference, Vargas was detained by ICE officials. A college student, Vargas hopes to continue her education but fears for the fate of other undocumented immigrant families. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis, AP)

by Sarah Fowler
March 3, 2017

Courtesy Clarion-Ledger

Moments after an immigrant spoke out about her fears of deportation, she was detained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

Daniela Vargas, 22, was detained by ICE agents Wednesday morning, shortly after speaking at a news conference in downtown Jackson, according to her attorney, Abby Peterson.

The news conference was hosted by local immigration attorneys, churches and the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance to bring attention to families impacted by deportation.



  • Keri Risher said:

    This is saddening. Daniela is a friend of mine and to see what is happening to her, breaks my heart. I can’t wrap my mind around how this is acceptable. In my mind, this is not what America stands for. No one should be punished for wanting to be an American. She stated at the conference, “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.” I believe that anyone that shares our hopes and DREAMs for a better America, should be granted citizenship. Her faith in our country is a blessing. We, as a nation, should have the grace to accept it.

  • Curtis Brothers said:

    I have read about ‘Dreamer’ Daniela Vargas and should love to help anyway I can. You have my full support and I will even admit my illegal status to back your cause. I am not try to sound crazy, but I will even offer marriage if that will keep a true American emergent in the US. Thank you, Curtis Brothers. curtisbrothers102@gmail.com

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