Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), who represents part of the city of Jackson in Washington D.C., introduced a private bill to prevent the deportation of Daniela Vargas, a DACA recipient living in his district before she was detained in March. Vargas’ brother and father were detained early in March during a raid on their home, then Vargas herself was picked up by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officers after speaking out at a press conference. She was released over a week later after her story caught national media attention and sparked local outcry and vigils.
“Enforcement of our country’s immigration laws must hold steadfast to our cherished American values. Daniela Vargas is a member of our community who respects our laws, pays taxes, and has no criminal record,” Thompson said in a press release. “It is regrettable that she is the innocent victim of the cruelties of our current immigration system. Our nation needs DACA recipients like Ms. Vargas to be free from the threat of deportation so that they can contribute to our communities and build a better future for themselves and their families.”
“Members of the Jackson community support Ms. Vargas wholeheartedly and I am proud to offer my support as well. While this may be a private bill for one individual, I strongly believe we must do better for those who live in fear of being uprooted from the communities that they call home.”
Read Thompson’s bill here.