#ICE busts ‘dreamer’ for meth

Just because you’re a dreamer doesn’t mean you can do meth.

A young Salinas man who earned temporary legalization under a program promoted during the Obama administration is awaiting deportation in a Northern California detention center.

He’s one of only a handful of “dreamers” ­— what students are called who gained temporary residency through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — to have been detained for possible deportation nationwide since Donald Trump became president.

Juan Manuel Martinez, 19, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and meth. He ended up just pleading to a minor charge of trespassing and a Monterey County Jail after a judge sentenced him to time served.

Then U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had placed a hold.

John Mineau, chief deputy for corrections with Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, said Martinez was flagged by ICE as soon as he was arrested for having a gang affiliation and possessing drugs on jail grounds. Martinez had driven a friend to jail, where he was caught with marijuana and meth in his car.

Hey dreamers, don’t be stupid.

Read the whole story in the Mercury News

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