The Clarion-Ledger reported that the Vargas had just spoken Wednesday at an immigration press conference in front of Jackson City Hall and was returning home when ICE agents pulled her vehicle over on the freeway. Her father and brother were both arrested by ICE agents on February 15, and are now being held in a detention center in Louisiana.
During her speech, Vargas told the crowd that she chose to stop hiding in order to speak to others about her concerns.
Vargas came to America from Argentina with her family at age 7 and was legally able to reside in the United States by using the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA.
Democratic Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) tweeted saying: "Disturbing that ICE may have followed her from an immigration press conference".
"Think before you act because there's a lot of them (immigrants) that work here and we need them", said Bill Causey, a local antique shop owner from West Cape May. Moments later, agents with Immigrant Customs and Enforcement arrived to take her into custody.
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While one major policy point was defined, which was the end of the so-called "catch and release" program at the U.S. Border (meaning that those detained at the border would be held in detention centers and not released into the general public while awaiting a court date), the implications in Chelsea come more along the lines of who can be detained on the interior. That program is active in about 32 places near the border in the USA now and allows local police or deputies to be trained by the federal government to carry out and enforce the federal immigration laws.
The Trump administration has yet to dismantle the DACA program, which exists at the discretion of the president.
On Twitter, the hashtag #freedany popped up shortly after her arrest. "I just watched them handcuff my dad and take them".
Blaine County Sheriff Steve Harkins said he was contacted by the School District, but he does not generally issue statements when a federal agency is in the area.
ICE agents detaining a suspect.. Almost unheard of under Obama, these types of incidents have become commonplace for ICE over the past couple of weeks in Alabama, Scott said.
Angela Stuesse, a family friend and anthropology professor at the University of North Carolina, said: 'She's Mississippian by heart.
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"ICE selectively targets immigrant communities, restaurants, and worksites, leaving children without the resources provided by their hard-working parents". "It was the most terrible thing, I never thought that this would happen".
When Obama was in the White House, the safest place for young undocumented immigrants like Vargas was in the public eye.
"Why they would move forward the way they have is, honestly, mind-boggling", she said.
The four kitchen employees were arrested as part of a recent surge in Immigration & Customs Enforcement activity, said Stephen Converse, the attorney representing them.
Police and county officials said they have been getting reports of people grocery shopping at night for fear of being arrested by immigration agents, and there has even been talk of people being rounded up and questioned.
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