A U.S. congressman tweeted a photo of a celebratory beer he was drinking for a terrible reason on Tuesday. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who has made racially inflammatory comments in the past, posted a picture of a beer with a law enforcement shield on it. The tweet was in celebration of first DREAMer — an undocumented person brought to the U.S. as a child — to be deported under President Donald Trump.
Juan Manuel Montes, 23, had been in the U.S. since he was 9 years old. On Tuesday, he was deported back to Mexico just three hours after being approached by a U.S. border patrol agent, according to USA Today.
DREAMers are undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and were provided protection from deportation under President Barack Obama's administration. The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, or DREAM Act was proposed congressional legislation that aimed to protect young undocumented immigrants and give them a path to citizenship. It didn't pass, but Obama signed an executive order, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), that protected children who arrived in the U.S. after June of 1981 and have lived in the U.S. since 2007.
More than 700,000 undocumented people living in the U.S. were protected by the Obama-era guidelines.
In February, Trump said he would decide the future of the guidelines with "heart."
“We’re going to show great heart, DACA is a very, very difficult subject for me, I will tell you," Trump told reporters at a news conference. "To me, it’s one of the most difficult subjects I have because you have these incredible kids."