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District resident Matias Ramos had a GPS ankle bracelet removed after what he says was a change in a policy directive by the Department of Homeland Security.
Armando Trull
District resident Matias Ramos had a GPS ankle bracelet removed after what he says was a change in a policy directive by the Department of Homeland Security.

When WAMU aired Matias Ramos' story on Wednesday, he was wearing an electronic GPS shackle and about to be deported. Now he says he have benefited from a recent change by Homeland Security that instructs ICE prosecutors to go after illegal immigrants who pose a risk to public safety and deport them first.

"Even though they told me just one day prior to buy a plane ticket to be deported, now they came into my house yesterday and took off the ankle bracelet," says Matias.

This reprieve will allow him a chance to participate in the federal DREAM Act, which allows undocumented immigrants with clean records to attend college and become citizens.

During a national conference call, activists who represent young undocumented immigrants say many local ICE offices are not following the memo from DHS boss Janet Napolitano dated June 17th . They say removal proceedings against young people eligible for the DREAM act continue. This is the same charge that was made by CASA de Maryland protesters during a rally outside DHS headquarters on Wednesday.

ICE says its prosecutors have been given the discretion to prioritize deportation cases. A young man narrowly escapes deportation but as Armando Trull reports activists are claiming he may be in the minority.

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