Feds say deported ‘Dreamer’ lost status, had criminal convictions

Erica Leyva with the Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network of San Jose, Calif., carries a sign outside a courthouse

The illegal immigrant “Dreamer” who’s become a cause celebre for advocacy groups after his deportation earlier this year had actually lost his legal status by leaving the U.S. without permission, negating his permit under President Obama’s deportation amnesty, federal officials said Wednesday.

Juan Manuel Montes-Bojorquez, the 23-year-old who is now suing the Trump administration, claimed he’d been granted status under Mr. Obama’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, or DACA. But he said he was deported in February anyway, despite that protection, after agents refused to let him get his paperwork.

Immigrant-rights advocates and high-ranking members of Congress, including the top House Democrat and the second-ranking Senate Democrats, have taken up Mr. Montes’s cause, saying he shouldn’t have been kicked out, accusing Mr. Trump of breaking his promises, and…



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