Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) told listeners that the United States belongs to illegal aliens during a presentation on Tuesday. Speaking in Los Angeles to members of the Westchester-Playa Democratic Club, Waters railed about issues ranging from immigration to resisting President Donald Trump’s policies. 
 
Waters, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, spoke about so-called DREAMers (illegal immigrants who have benefited from an Obama administration policy that allows them to remain in the U.S.), she said "These are people who have hope. These are people who have gone to school. These are young people who want careers. These are people who are contributing to our society," Waters said. "And all of sudden, they are thought to be folks who don't deserve to be here and would be sent back to places they've never been. People they don't know. Systems they don't understand. This is their country."
 
Waters inaccurately characterized about the deportation of a so-called DREAMer. "And today they arrested one of the dreamers, first dreamer," Waters said. “Twenty-three years old, was brought here when he was 9 years old. Went to school, graduated, all of that. Was stopped by one of the ICE officers."
 
"As for his papers, they were in the car," Water went on to say. "They wouldn't let him go to the car from where he was to get his papers. To prove who he was. Because they are supposed to have waivers as you know at this point in time. So they deported him back to a place he had not been."
 
Juan Manuel Montes (23) was arrested after he entered the U.S. illegally, according to the Department of Homeland Security. The agency sought to correct to a story reported by USA Today that claimed that Montes was a DREAMer. "Juan Manuel Montes Bojorquez was apprehended by the Calexico Station Border Patrol after illegally entering the U.S. by climbing over the fence in downtown Calexico," DHS said in a statement. "He was arrested by [Border Patrol] just minutes after he made his illegal entry and admitted under oath during the arrest interview that he had entered illegally."
 
Montes left the country without notifying immigration officials, which is in violation of the Obama administration’s Deferred Action Against Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Montes effectively annulled his DACA protections when he reentered the U.S. illegally. However, he claims that he was forced out of the country he has called home since childhood prior to his arrest. DHS has no record to back his claim. 



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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