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Lawyers for detained Seattle ‘dreamer’ again seek release

This undated file photo provided by the law firm Public Counsel shows Daniel Ramirez Medina, 24, who was was brought to the U.S. illegally as a child but was protected from deportation by President Barack Obama's administration. In a decision Friday, March 24, 2017, U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez upheld a decision not to release Medina, saying he should challenge his detention in immigration court. Immigration agents arrested Ramirez Feb. 10 at a suburban apartment complex after they went there to arrest his father, a previously deported felon.

SEATTLE — Lawyers for a Seattle-area man arrested by immigration agents despite his participation in a federal program to protect those brought to the U.S. illegally as children are again asking a court to release him immediately.

A federal magistrate last week declined to free 23-year-old Daniel Ramirez Medina, saying he should seek a detention hearing in immigration court, but his lawyers said in an emergency motion made public Thursday that the federal court has the authority to release him on bail.

Ramirez was detained Feb. 10. The agents say he admitted to having gang ties, but his attorneys call that utterly fabricated, saying he has no criminal record and twice passed background checks for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Magistrate Judge James Donohue ordered the Justice Department to respond to the motion by Monday.