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Immigration officials arrest alleged domestic abuse victim in courthouse

ICE officials in Texas detained an undocumented woman who was an alleged victim of domestic violence during court on Feb. 9, alarming attorneys. (Source: Zimmermanlh/Flickr) ICE officials in Texas detained an undocumented woman who was an alleged victim of domestic violence during court on Feb. 9, alarming attorneys. (Source: Zimmermanlh/Flickr)

AUSTIN, TX (RNN) - Immigration officials went to a courthouse and arrested a woman who was an alleged victim of domestic abuse on Feb. 9, according to the El Paso Times.

The woman was an undocumented immigrant and had just received a protective order in court.

The agents arrested her after receiving a tip from a man who may have been the victim’s alleged abuser.

This incident is one of the latest in the recent flare of immigration arrests.

Last week, immigration agents arrested Daniel Ramirez, 23, in Seattle after they showed up to his house to arrest his father, according to the Associated Press.

The Ramirez incident was unprecedented because he was allegedly protected under President Obama's DREAM Act, that states that any illegal immigrant that was brought to the U.S. as a child was granted legal access.

There has been debate over whether Ramirez told officials that he was gang member.

This incident opened the door for debate on how immigration is being handled under the new White House administration. 

President Donald Trump recently ordered that immigration enforcement be more assertive in deporting undocumented immigrants, especially those with criminal records.

El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal said she felt that other undocumented domestic abuse victims may be more likely to stay with their abusers out of fear of being deported or separated from family.

The El Paso Times reported that a person with the same name of the alleged victim may have had a history of deportation. Bernal said that she was not aware of the complaint but she felt that a protective-order court was not the place for an immigrant detention.

In a response to the recent crackdown on immigration, people came together to hold a "Day Without Immigrants" on Thursday.

Many immigrants stayed home from work, shutting down businesses across the U.S., according to CNN.

A 2014 study done by the Migration Policy Institute showed that immigrants make up 17 percent of the U.S. workforce.

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