ICE Releases Daniela Vargas Under Order of Supervision


"They had been reading about her in the news, they had seen her at this press conference ..."

"I don't understand why they don't want me", Vargas said in a statement to ABC News after she was arrested.

Vargas was taken into custody on Wednesday, March 1st after speaking at a news conference in Jackson.

The details of her release were not immediately available.

Before being detained, Vargas criticized the policies of ICE while sharing the story of her own family.

Daniela Vargas, 22, will be released Friday under an Order of Supervision from the LaSalle Detention Center in Jena, Louisiana, according to her attorney, Abby Peterson.

Vargas' latest permit expired in November, and she hadn't been able to pay the $495 renewal fee until February, when she reapplied, according to Peterson.

She was detained last week after speaking at a news conference in Jackson, Mississippi, about the arrests of her father and brother by ICE agents.

ICE released a statement last week saying Vargas was arrested during one of its "targeted enforcement" operations. "She was told to get her things and was given about five minutes to get out - and she took it!"

Orders of supervision mean either alternatives to detention (like ankle bracelet electronic monitoring) or supervised release, which requires a person to report to an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement office once a month or once every few months.

Vargas, who came to the United States from Argentina when she was 7 years old, was being treated as a "visa overstay" meaning she does not have the right to a bond or a hearing.

Vargas said agents entered her family's west Jackson home, unannounced and turned everything upside down.

"We will continue to challenge the unconstitutional actions of ICE agents in this case and will not rest until she is no longer under threat of deportation", Naomi Tsu, a deputy legal director for the Southern Poverty Law Center.

"We expect Daniela to return to her friends and community in MS shortly to resume her daily life and pursue her dreams", her immigration lawyers said.

She said the events "sharpens the question".