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Oregon lawmakers ask ICE for the release of Portland 'dreamer'

(Courtesy Ayala Frutos family)

It has been 15 days since Emmanuel Ayala Frutos was detained at the Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.

US Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, along with U.S. Reps. Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici, have asked ICE for Ayala Frutos' release.

Ayala Frutos was detained by ICE on March 26. His family said ICE agents told him he needed to answer questions about his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewal application.

In January, Ayala Frutos was hit by a car while skateboarding. He is suffering from two broken legs.

His family said in a press conference last Thursday he needs medical attention, therapy and rehab for those injuries.

Ayala Frutos' sister Rocio Ayala said while in the NW Detention Center, doctors changed his medication for a recently diagnosed bipolar disorder.

"That is scary for us because it took him a while to get used to that medication and mental illness medication is really tricky,” his sister explained.

Oregon lawmakers wrote a letter to Bryan Wilcox, the Acting Field Office Director for ICE in Seattle, demanding Ayala Frutos' release.

”His need for urgent medical attention for his legs, physical therapy, and mental health counseling and medications constitute the basis for request for his release," they wrote. "Given the seriousness of Mr. Ayala Frutos’s physical and mental health needs, and the risk that prolonged detention could result in permanent damage, we urge your prompt consideration of the request for release that was delivered to the Northwest Detention Center on April 6, 2017.”

KATU News has contacted the U.S. Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review who will hear the case. We asked for information on Ayala Frutos’s release or bond re-determination hearing and are waiting for a response.

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