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ACLU: ICE holding 21-year-old Portland 'dreamer'

Emmanuel Ayala Frutos suffers from medical issues

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) --- The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon says another Portland "dreamer" is being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Emmanuel Ayala Frutos, 21, has been held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Tacoma detention center since Sunday morning when he was picked up in his home in North Portland. The ACLU says ICE did not have a warrant for his arrest.

Frutos in February entered a plea in Clark County for possessing and showing a butterfly knife in November. The judge said he was not a danger to the community. He has since completed an anger management program, attended all of his court dates and required meetings. He was hospitalized twice in 2016 for mental illnesses and was injured in January after he struck by a car while riding his skateboard.

He requires bipolar medication and a wheelchair, neither of which he was allowed to bring to the detention center, according to the ACLU.

 

 

"What I am really troubled by is what I see as an increase in risky, unconstitutional experiments around increasing ICE enforcement, and that should be a concern for everyone in the community," said Mat dos Santos, the Legal Director for the ACLU of Oregon.

Frutos arrived in the United States at the age of six from Michoacan, Mexico. He has lived in the Portland area since 2002 and attended Sitton Elementary School, George Middle School, and Roosevelt High School. He received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in 2013. He was in the process of renewing his DACA, which had expired two weeks earlier.

His family said they are fearful that if he is deported, he will be kidnapped and ransomed. His cousin was recently murdered and one of his uncles routinely receives death threats.

ICE spokesperson Rose Richeson confirmed that Frutos is in custody and said ICE gives medical attention to everyone in its custody.

ICE is committed to ensuring the health and welfare of all those in its custody. Following their arrival at the NWDC, all detainees receive medical, dental and mental health intake screenings, to include interviews by qualified health staff to identify any known medical conditions. When a medical condition is identified, the detainee is scheduled to see a medical provider within 24 hours for a full physical evaluation. Medications are ordered and provided through the onsite pharmacy and referrals to specialists outside the facility are facilitated, as indicated. Detainees who arrive at a detention facility with prescribed medications, or who report being on such medications, are evaluated by a qualified health care professional as soon as possible and provisions are made to secure medically necessary medications.

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