The detention and cross-country transfer of a 22-year-old North Hollywood man is prompting questions from immigrant rights advocates who believe the Trump administration might be violating its recently stated policy of not deporting young immigrants protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA.
The case of Jesus Alonso Arreola Robles is complicated by a 10-day silence on the part of immigration authorities, followed by their disclosure Thursday that they believe Robles was trying to smuggle someone into the country.
Robles and a 17-year-old companion were taken into custody on on Feb. 12, while driving on State Route 94 in Campo, California, about a mile from the U.S.-Mexico border.
Since then, according to officials, Arreola Robles was processed for deportation. He currently is being held in a detention facility in Folkston,…