UPDATE: DREAMer Arrested After Speaking Out At News Conference To Be Deported Without A Hearing
On Wednesday, illegal immigrant Daniela Vargas, 22, was arrested after speaking openly about her illegal status at a news conference in Jackson, Mississippi. Now her attorney says she is scheduled to be deported without a hearing.
As the Daily Wire reported Wednesday, Vargas is an Argentine national who came into the United States illegally at the age of seven with her family. Because she crossed into the country at a young age, she was one of the hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens given temporary legal protection under President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. However, that protection expired November 2016 and Vargas failed to reapply in time to maintain her legal status.
Wednesday, Vargas admitted that she is an illegal alien at a news conference as part of a protest against the deportation of illegal immigrant families. She was quickly detained by ICE after the event, making headlines across the country.
Her attorney, Abigail Petersen, told reporters on Thursday that her client is scheduled to be deported without a hearing on account of her status as a "visa waiver overstay."
Peterson claims that her client applied to renew her visa in mid-February, three months after her previous visa expired.