UPDATED: Family, immigration attorney: DACA recipients being held at checkpoint

UPDATED at 2:12 p.m.

UPDATED at 2:12 p.m.

Immigration attorney Elba Rocha said the number of DACA recipients detained is closer to 10 and that they have yet to be released.

According to Rocha, it remains unknown when they will be released and from where.

“An officer came out a little while ago and said this is going to take a really long time, and at some point they would be contacted (for detainees) to be picked up either back there at the checkpoint or at a detention center,” Rocha said of the account given by detainees’ families waiting outside the checkpoint in Falfurrias. “I don’t understand why they would be sent to a detention center at all.”

Rocha said she’s communicating with a group of attorneys on whether they’ve been made aware of any DACA verification process.

In the meantime, Rocha said this detainment may prompt additional fear in recipients already apprehensive with their status in the country following U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement last week.

“For those that are in DACA, to be honest, I guess it would depend on the person, because we do have some DACA recipients that no matter what are very proud and not fearful,” she said. “But I think the majority are fearful and continue to be even more fearful. Perhaps at some point those coming out of the shadows will go back into the shadows.”


Originally posted at 11:27 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11.

An Alamo-based immigration attorney said Monday morning that there may be as many as six DACA recipients being held at the Falfurrias checkpoint after they were detained on their way to Corpus Christi.

Attorney Elba Rocha said she received a phone call at about 10:30 a.m. Monday from the family of one recipient, informing them that he’s being held at the checkpoint. According to Rocha, the family of the man in question insists he has no criminal history, and has been detained since 8:30 a.m.

Rocha said the family has been informed that the detainees will be released “in approximately one hour” and are awaiting the aforementioned man’s call.

An immigration attorney for more than a decade, Rocha said she’s also in contact with the office of U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, who asked her to provide further details.

The Monitor is awaiting confirmation from the U.S. Border Patrol on the circumstances of the detainment and has also reached out to Gonzalez’s office.

Last week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals federal program end next year in March.

In a Sept. 7 tweet, Trump said DACA recipients need not worry: “For all of those (DACA) that are concerned about your status during the 6 month period, you have nothing to worry about – No action!”