In an interesting and ironic development in the context of US President Donald Trump’s stance on Mexico and its immigrants, a district court judge, Gonzalo Curiel - famously derided in the past by Trump for his “Mexican Heritage” — has been assigned an anti-deportation lawsuit filed by a Mexico-born immigrant into the US.
Trump’s jibe on Curiel came during the Presidential elections campaign when the latter was presiding over a case concerning Trump University, wherein a settlement of 25 million dollars was eventually reached.
The lawsuit had been filed by a 23-year-old man named Juan Manuel Montes, who has questioned the legality of his deportation back to Mexico on the ground that the relevant documents were not provided.
Falling under the US DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) scheme, Montes has been referred to as a ‘Dreamer’.
The deportation of Montes has also thrown light on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme of the US that permits those who have immigrated during childhood to be able to study and work there.
The US Department of Homeland Security has asserted that the DACA status of Montes has been revoked.