After news got around Tuesday that a protected DREAMer had been deported under the Trump administration for the first time, amnesty advocates were vocal about their displeasure, with Jennifer Granholm in particular tweeting that the deportation was proof that Trump is a menace to families and humanity.
First protected DREAMer is deported under Trump https://t.co/966PwHGv8G
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) April 18, 2017
4 convictions, 1 for shoplifting, 3 for driving without a license. https://t.co/pCKXNa44mP
— David Frum (@davidfrum) April 18, 2017
Spitting mad: Trump is a menace to families and humanity https://t.co/9jktqC2Aow
— Jennifer Granholm (@JenGranholm) April 18, 2017
Rep. Steve King of Iowa, however, wasn’t spitting mad, although his tweet certainly made quite a few people want to spit in his beer … or worse. King poured a virtual cold one for the Border Patrol as thanks for their deporting the “first non-valedictorian DREAMer.”
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) April 18, 2017
As is standard prodedure, USA TODAY came through with a brief biography of Montes:
The shy Montes was never a poster child for the DACA program. He wasn’t his high school’s valedictorian or a prominent advocate for fellow DREAMers.
He suffered a traumatic brain injury as a child that left him with learning disabilities that meant a constant struggle to keep up in school and everyday conversations, according to [executive director of the National Immigration Law Center Marielena] Hincapié. Despite those challenges, he made it through special education courses and graduated high school in 2013. He started taking welding classes at a Southern California community college and paid for it by picking crops in California and Arizona.
He lived with his mother and a younger brother, who was born in the U.S. and, thus, is a citizen. His mother did not want to be named or reveal her immigration status.
Court records show he has four convictions: one for shoplifting in January 2016, and three for driving without a license, most recently three months ago.
The paper reports that soon after being deported, Montes “saw some people using a rope to climb over a section of the border wall and joined them. He was quickly captured by federal agents, questioned again and deported again.”
So, was Steve King’s offering of a beer a bit too cold?
@SteveKingIA you are on the wrong side of history. You will be remembered for that
— IndivisibleRI (@ruckus2) April 18, 2017
@SteveKingIA From a past supporter, I find this offensive. This isn't funny or a game. It's serious and tragic in some cases
— No Party Twin (@Twin66) April 18, 2017
@SteveKingIA Could you please go fuck yourself while falling down a well? -Love, Former Iowan
— BenDavid Grabinski (@bdgrabinski) April 18, 2017
— CalNews.com (@CalNewsEditor) April 18, 2017
@SteveKingIA Wow, was that a really offensive tweet. But then, you intended it that way. Congratulations on being a jerk?
— Miriam Matteson (@mirmatt) April 18, 2017
@SteveKingIA This is coming from the alleged heartland of our country.Looks like our heartland has no empathy, compassion, soul. To celebrate? Disgusting
— Attikan (@insideyourfuego) April 18, 2017
@SteveKingIA Fuck yourself, Nazi.
— Dennis Perkins (@DennisPerkins5) April 18, 2017
@SteveKingIA You're fucking disgusting
— Fred Sablan (@Fredsablan) April 18, 2017
— Jordan (@jordansdiamonds) April 18, 2017
@SteveKingIA There is something deeply wrong with you.
— Dan Rodricks (@DanRodricks) April 18, 2017
@SteveKingIA You're a disgrace.
— Shaun O'Banion (@shaun_obanion) April 18, 2017
@SteveKingIA you're such a piece of shit. Enjoy drinking alone.
— justin L! cousson (@justincousson) April 18, 2017
@SteveKingIA Imagine hating people this much.
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) April 18, 2017
@SteveKingIA I have some suggestions for where you can put that when you get done drinking from it, you cowardly bigot
— Jason Bailey (@jasondashbailey) April 18, 2017
@SteveKingIA You have no heart, values, or morals and history will remember that, and only that, about you.
— JWH (@ssejsllew) April 18, 2017
@SteveKingIA Our Lord said blessed are those who welcome the stranger (Matthew 25).
— Margaret P Houston (@HoustonMargaret) April 18, 2017
@SteveKingIA Hard to see the Christian values in this tweet.
— Anita Blanchard (@AnitaBlanchard) April 18, 2017
@SteveKingIA I don't believe in God but I will pray that you are struck by lightning.
— Becky (@davefan) April 18, 2017
— Kele Cable (@KeleCable) April 18, 2017
@SteveKingIA Make no mistake: this man was worth more to America than you are.
— The Known Sea (@The_Known_Sea) April 18, 2017
@SteveKingIA Can we keep him and send you back….. To anywhere else really? This is the least Christian thing you could say about this.
— Ivette (@IveMarq) April 18, 2017
@SteveKingIA your creator will hopefully show you the same lack of grace and mercy you show your fellow man
— SadFoundingFathers (@SadFndngFathers) April 18, 2017
@SteveKingIA What goes around comes around. Your turn to need kindness from others will come one day. I drink to that day.🍺
— Dee Miller (@DJMille56681824) April 18, 2017
@SteveKingIA I'm lost for words. This is so heartless.
— Ms. O'Connor (@PoliSciandLaw) April 18, 2017
— BrooklynEquities (@BrklynEquities) April 18, 2017
@SteveKingIA Article is fake news. He has a conviction for shoplifting, which is a crime of moral turpitude- enough to get a green card holder deported
— BrooklynEquities (@BrklynEquities) April 18, 2017
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Update: DHS says it didn’t deport DREAMer, say he was arrested after illegally climbing border fence https://t.co/JlfjsUE2V8
— Jon Passantino (@passantino) April 19, 2017
A spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security has disputed Montes’ story of his deportation. As noted above, his lawyers say he was waiting for a ride home from a dinner date when he was caught without ID and detained immediately. The DHS says he was arrested by Border Patrol agents after illegally climbing over a fence in Calexico on Feb. 19.
Montes’ DACA had expired in 2015 and not renewed, according to federal records, Christensen said.
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Top Democrats demand immediate release of DACA recipient arrested by ICE agents https://t.co/kNAGMyYJzC
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) February 16, 2017