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Shannon Vavra Apr 22, 2017
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Behind the "First DREAMer deported under Trump" story

Juan Gastelum / National Immigration Law Center via AP

Juan Manuel Montes was deported to Mexico in February, leading to a USA Today report Tuesday declaring him the first DREAMer deported under President Trump. The Department of Homeland Security disputed that report, as the Daily Caller first noted.

Trump said Friday that DREAMers should "rest easy" and that his administration is "after the criminals," not those protected under Obama-era rules about undocumented immigrants that came to the U.S. as children, per the AP. Notably, Trump called Montes' case "a little different than the DREAMer case," but did not specify why.

Based on conversations with both sides, either Montes' account is incomplete or false, or the DHS deported a protected DREAMer and kept no record of having done so.

Why it matters: Reports that a protected DREAMer had been deported were taken as a sign that Trump was further ramping up immigration enforcement, and Montes' case is due to come before Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who Trump once deemed unfit to hear his Trump University case because of Curiel's Mexican heritage.