Ramirez Medina has a work permit under Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA. DACA confers protection from arrest, detention and deportation as well as work permission, and some 750,000 young people have benefited from it since it was announced in June of 2012.
The raids in at least a dozen states, which marked the Trump administration's first large-scale crackdown on people living in the United States illegally, set off a wave of panic and protest in immigrant communities over the weekend and sparked questions from immigration advocates as to whether the arrestees posed legitimate threats to public safety.
The document states: "Nevertheless, Mr. Ramirez was taken into custody by several ICE agents at or around 9 a.m. PST on Friday, February, 10, 2017". But when immigration officials showed up at his door on F to arrest his father, they took him as well.
"Mr. Ramirez's unprecedented and unjustified detention violates the United States Constitution and the promise made to him that he could live and work in this country without being subject to arrest and deportation exclusively as a result of his immigration status", Ramirez's lawyers write in the complaint. Rosenbaum said Mendoza "was repeatedly pressured" by ICE agents to "falsely admit affiliation" in a gang. "[Obama] didn't create this deportation machine, but he made it huge", Villalpando said.
According to the court papers filed in his case, Ramirez has no criminal record and was taken into custody last week by ICE officers, while at his father's home in Seattle.
Despite the fact that his attorneys said Ramirez had his DACA identification with him at the time, he was questioned further, fingerprinted, booked and taken to the Tacoma detention center.
That was dismissed by Mark Rosenbaum, one of Ramirez's lawyers, who said Ramirez "unequivocally denies being in a gang" and is the victim of a witch-hunt.
In an interview with ABC News last month, President Trump said they "are here illegally" but "shouldn't be very worried".
Fellow protester Rolando Avila, 32, is in the same situation as Ramirez Medina was in before his arrest Friday. They are immigrants who entered the U.S.as children, and under an executive order from President Barack Obama, were given the green light to conduct their daily affairs openly.
Mr Trump said he would scrap DACA during his election campaign, but his policy on those it already covers is not yet clear.
ICE agents were allowed into the home by Ramirez's father to notify Ramirez and his brother of the arrest, according to a complaint filed by lawyers.