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ICE releases Portland 'Dreamer' after public outcry
The 25-year-old Portland "Dreamer" arrested by U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement officials on Sunday was released on bond Monday following a strong show of support from the community.
KOIN 6 News was there when Rodriguez Dominguez arrived home Monday night.
"It feels good to know that I have everyone here with me right now," he said. "It's a warm, heart-warming feeling just to know that I have everyone here close by and that we're ready to take it step-by-step."
Dominguez said he wanted to thank everyone who supported him.
"I had a lot of people make phone calls, a lot of people that showed up to that rally, at the time I didn't know what was going on, but I'm glad that everyone worked [out]," he told KOIN 6 News. "I just want to thank everyone that was there."
In a statement released Monday, ICE spokesman Rose Richeson said Dominguez was arrested because he pleaded guilty to a DUI charge in December.
But the ACLU said Rodriguez Dominguez completed a diversion program for the misdemeanor DUI and satisfied all of his court dates and meetings. He was vetted by the criminal court system and subsequently released back into the community.
Still, ICE claims the 25-year-old remains a threat.
"Deportation officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) took Mr. Rodriguez into custody March 26. He was targeted for arrest based upon his guilty plea in December to a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants, an offense ICE deems a threat to public safety. Mr. Rodriguez was transferred to the Northwest Detention Center and will subsequently be released on bond today pending the outcome of removal proceedings before an immigration judge with the Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review," Richeson said.
People gathered to support Dominguez at a rally Monday. At the event "Call to Action! Immediate Response to ICE", those who know him Dominguez described him as a man who cares about helping his community.
"His friends and his church came and stood up for him," Kim Wagner said. "These are people that know him, that know he's a soccer coach, that he works at a food pantry. He's here to work and to contribute to our community and make it a better place."
Dominguez has lived in the Portland metro area since he arrived from Morelia Michoacan, Mexico as a child. The ACLU said he has been a part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program since 2013.
KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune.