They must reapply every two years to keep their legal status, something his attorneys said he has done.
This was the first documented deportation of a "Dreamer", a name given to those granted protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program created by Democratic President Barack Obama and extended by Republican President Donald Trump, USA Today said.
Montes had twice been granted DACA under the Obama administration, each time giving him permission to live and work in the U.S. for two years.
He pursued a welding degree from a community college and worked as a farmworker for about two years in California and Arizona.
Juan Manuel Montes Bojorquez, 23, arrived in the United States at just 9 years old, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday.
The deportation goes against what Trump has said about children who come to America and spend most of their lives in the country.
"They detained me, they took me to a center, they asked me a lot of questions, and I signed a lot of papers", he said. Less than three hours later, he was in Mexico, where he remains, it said.
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But on the night of February 17, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent approached Montes as he was on his way home from visiting a friend in Calexico, Calif., the lawsuit charges. The suit, brought under the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, alleges that the government has ignored all requests for information about Monte's deportation.
Ralph DeSio, a spokesperson for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, seemingly disputes Montes's account of what happened.
The National Immigration Law Center sued the federal government Tuesday in San Diego to obtain records on Juan Manuel Montes, who was detained by the Border Patrol in February in the border town of Calexico.
"His DACA status expired in August 2015 and he was notified at that time". "In addition, he has a conviction for theft for which he received probation". According to USA Today, Montes had carelessly left those documents in someone else's vehicle. DACA is a very, very hard subject for me, I will tell you.
Other DACA recipients have been detained by immigration authorities in recent months, putting increased attention on the administration's handling of the program.
"We've seen Trump and (Department of Homeland Security Secretary) John Kelly say, 'The DACA program is alive and well.' We've seen (House Speaker) Paul Ryan look straight into the eyes of one of our members and say, 'You have nothing to worry about, '" she said. In Seattle, Daniel Ramirez Medina spent six weeks in detention after officers revoked his protected status, saying he had admitted gang affiliation.
Out of all the awful immigration reforms President Trump has made in his very short time in office, he has not touched the Obama-era DACA program, though its future could be uncertain under the new administration, like everything else.