Protests, arrests as Mesa mom faces deportation after Trump order

Feb 13, 2017, 00:48
Protests, arrests as Mesa mom faces deportation after Trump order

Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, 36, who has been in the USA since she was 14, was sent back to Mexico, despite protests outside a Phoenix Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office that saw seven people arrested. She was later convicted of felony criminal impersonation. She had been living in the United States for the past 21 years, but had been arrested in 2008 during a raid on a water park in Maricopa County and convicted of a felony for using forged documents in order to get a job.

The Big Three networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) had a field day Thursday in the wake of the deportation of a Mexican woman, Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, from Phoenix, Arizona.

Her attorney, Ray Ybarra Maldonado, said there aren't many legal avenues for her to come back to the U.S. "Getting back to the U.S., legally, there's really no route for her". Her husband, Aaron Reyes, is also undocumented. Her detention sparked a large protest outside of ICE headquarters.

The Mexican government warned Friday of a "new reality" for its citizens living in the United States and advised them to "take precautions" following the deportation of an undocumented mother after a routine visit with us immigration authorities.

Officials warned Mexicans in the be cautious, aware of their rights and to stay in contact with their local consulate. The 36-year-old has been in the US since she was 14 years old. The New York Times reported that the meetings were typically quick and routine, consisting of little more than "a brief review of her case and some questions". The group gained notoriety during the 2016 presidential campaign when it blocked roads to a campaign rally for Donald Trump. Garcia de Rayos didn't fit that criteria, he said, which is why she was allowed to stay in the US. "Additional arrests for the criminal acts are imminent", Phoenix police said in a statement.

Garcia had previously been allowed to stay in the country because of President Barack Obama's administration policies that targeted violent criminals.

It is believed she was deported to Nogales, Mexico.

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Garcia said if former President Barack Obama was still in office, she likely would not have been deported and would have continued to check in with ICE officials while be allowed to stay with her USA citizen children. Her own 14-year-old daughter was there on Wednesday to see her mother taken away.

Garcia de Rayos, 35, was detained by ICE agents during a routine appointment on Wednesday and deported to Mexico Thursday morning. Advocates say her arrest signals a clear shift by the Trump administration to deport people considered a "low priority" for removal under President Obama.

In its statement, ICE said Garcia was being held based on a deportation order in May 2013.

Garcia arrived in the the United States when she was 14 years old.

Mr Trump's far-reaching executive orders have also suspended refugee resettlement and blocked individuals from seven majority-Muslim nations from entering the US.

Trump's executive order last month expanded border securities to include undocumented immigrants who committed any criminal offense.