Attorney says Border Patrol agents detained DACA recipient at Falfurrias checkpoint
Border Patrol agents detained a DACA recipient for nearly eight hours Monday at the Falfurrias checkpoint — apparently to verify immigration records, according to his attorney.
Attorney Elba Rocha of Alamo said her client, who received temporary relief from deportation through a federal program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, attempted to pass through the checkpoint Monday.
Created by the Obama administration, the DACA program protected nearly 800,000 people who aren’t legally present in the United States from deportation. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services would terminate the program.
For now, though, existing DACA recipients aren’t subject to deportation.
Rocha said her client's family believed he wasn't the only DACA recipient being held at the checkpoint.
Asked about the situation, Border Patrol released a statement:
When a DACA recipient presents themselves for immigration inspection, they will temporarily be detained for accuracy and verification of status. Once substantiated, the DACA recipient will be processed and released accordingly.
Details about the situation remain unclear.
Border Patrol didn't explain what, if any, new policies or procedures exist for processing DACA recipients or specify how many DACA recipients had been detained.