Juan Manuel Montes has every right to be here. He is a “dreamer” with protected status. He has papers that can prove it. But the officers who picked him up off the streets wouldn’t let him get his wallet out of his friend’s car. Their goal was to literally throw him out of the country which they were able to do in three hours.
Montes has lived in the United States since the age of nine. He was registered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals had a legal right to be here. That didn’t matter to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents that grabbed him off the street.
Trump suggested that he has “a very big heart” when it came to dreamers. But given his penchant for lying this should surprise no one. Rather than an aberration, it is likely an example of things to come.
According to ThinkProgress,
‘I was forced out because I was nervous and didn’t know what to do or say, but my home is there,’ Montes said in a statement released by the NILC. ‘I miss my job. I miss school. And I want to continue to work toward better opportunities. But most of all, I miss my family, and I have hope that I will be able to go back so I can be with them again.’