Immigrant Daniela Vargas to be released today

  • Immigrant Daniela Vargas to be released today

Immigrant Daniela Vargas to be released today

After a week and a half in detention, during which her lawyers called to have her released and news outlets picked up on her story, Vargas was informed early Friday that she was being freed.

The law firm of Elmore and Peterson confirmed the news to WJTV this morning.

"It was a discretionary decision [by ICE] based largely on the tremendous amount of pressure in this case and the attention that it's received", immigration attorney Abigail Peterson said of the sudden release.

Vargas's lawyer told the Huffington Post that, in Vargas's case, ICE would pursue immediate deportation without a court hearing or bond, but on Friday ICE officials announced Vargas would be released under an order of supervision.

Court filings regarding the reason and manner of the arrest and detention continue to be pursued in an effort to secure Daniela's rights. We maintain our commitment to the rights of all persons in the United States, regardless of immigration status.

More to come soon.

The 22-year-old immigration rights activist was arrested shortly after speaking at a press conference on March 1 about her father and brother, both of whom were arrested on February 15 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

According to the Huffington Post, Vargas, who dreams of becoming a university-level math professor, is under "order of supervision", which means she will have to check in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement periodically. Ms. Vargas appears to have committed no crime and was only speaking out on behalf of her family, who is threatened by this President's misguided immigration agenda.

Vargas had been shielded from deportation under the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, under which about 750,000 DREAMers are allowed to remain in the country. "But it is important to underscore that this detention should have never transpired in the first place", she added. It allows young immigrants who arrived as children and are living in the US illegally to stay and obtain work permits, good for two years at a time. But Vargas failed to renew her status at the end of the mandated two-year period in November.