It's believed to be the first immigration arrest of its kind under the Trump administration.
The Mexican drug cartel leader has twice been granted deferred action and employment authorization under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, his lawyers said.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has arrested and detained a 'Dreamer, ' or an undocumented immigrant brought to the U.S.as a young child and given permission to live and work legally in the country, stunning civil rights defenders nationwide and provoking fierce local opposition.
According to court documents, Ramirez was born in Mexico and brought to the USA when he was about 7 years old.
"ICE officers took Mr. Ramirez into custody based on his admitted gang affiliation and risk to public safety", ICE spokeswoman Rose Richeson said. "DACA recipients should not be an ICE priority", he said.
Field offices in Los Angeles, San Antonio, Chicago, Atlanta and New York City released 13 examples of people ICE took into custody last week, including one who was a "self-admitted MS-13 gang member" and one who was wanted for murder and attempted murder in Mexico. He paid a $150 fine and the case was deferred, according to court records.
Officials said they were looking for people who shouldn't be in the country, either because they have a criminal history or they have a deportation order signed by an immigration judge. But ICE ignored the permit, questioned him further, fingerprinted and booked him, then sent him to a detention center in Tacoma, Washington.
Another lawyer representing Ramirez, Mark Rosenbaum of the legal advocacy group of Public Counsel, specified that the DACA program had been a promise from the federal government's executive branch that immigrants protected under DACA would not be targeted for deportation.
A Seattle-area man who was brought to the USA illegally as a child but was protected from deportation under a policy by President Barack Obama is suing the federal government over his arrest and detention last week. Representatives for Immigration and Customs Enforcement declined immediate comment on the lawsuit.
Protestors are organizing a rally on Thursday evening in Manhattan to protest the slew of recent arrests by immigration officials, including the detention of DACA recipient Daniel Ramirez Medina in Seattle. She says the national enforcement efforts are sending shock waves through Utah's immigrant communities.
While processing Ramirez, agents allegedly seized his wallet, which contained his work permit.
In an interview with ABC News last month, President Trump said they "are here illegally" but "shouldn't be very worried".
"Agencies shall, to the extent consistent with applicable law, ensure that their privacy policies exclude persons who are not United States citizens or lawful permanent residents from the protections of the Privacy Act regarding personally identifiable information."