Seven arrested at deportation protest for Valley mom in Phoenix
- Author: Megan Austin Feb 11, 2017,
Feb 11, 2017, 0:43
She was put under an order of supervision, which required her to report on a provided schedule to an ICE office until her order of removal was "affected", or acted on. Rayos had lived in the US for 21 years.
Garcia de Rayos was arrested in 2008 in a workplace raid at Golfland Sunsplash, a waterpark in Mesa, Arizona.
Ms. Garcia, who has a prior felony conviction in Arizona for criminal impersonation, was the subject of a court-issued removal order that became final in July 2013.
Phoenix Police announced through Twitter that they had arrested seven protesters.
Immigration advocates said they believed her deportation reflects the Trump administration's hard line on illegal immigration. Lynn Tramonte, the Deputy Director of America's Voice Education Fund, said on a conference call Friday that she'd met with immigrant mothers and all asked for guidance on how to keep their children safe in case they are deported.
Both of her children are US -born citizens.
"An undocumented woman at the center of an immigration uproar has now been deported after 21 years living in the USA, she was arrested yesterday and shipped back to Mexico today, " announced anchor Lester Holt on NBC Nightly News, "Now the family she leaves behind is voicing their outrage and pointing fingers at the president".
Mexico says its citizens in the US should "take precautions" following the deportation of an undocumented mother following a routine meeting with American immigration authorities. Since she didn't meet these criteria, she was seemingly spared - even though a judge issued a deportation order against her in 2013.
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The Obama administration made a priority of deporting people who were deemed a threat to public or national safety, had ties to criminal gangs, or had committed serious felony offenses or a series of misdemeanor crimes.
Her status with the agency wasn't immediately clear late Wednesday.
The Mexican government said in a statement on Thursday that Garcia de Rayos' deportation is the "new reality" immigrants face in the United States. She will be temporarily housed at a local shelter and the consulate will help her to return to her family in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato within the next few days, he said.
She was deported to Mexico yesterday, arrested after reporting for a routine check to immigration and customs officials despite knowing she risked being detained. The new executive order on immigration was signed by Trump on 25 January.
Her teenage daughter Jacqueline has vowed to battle on to reunite a family that has been torn apart.
Garcia spoke from the Kino Border Initiative, a soup kitchen and shelter where many migrants go after being deported.
Garcia, however, said she would wait to discuss legal options with her lawyer before making any decisions. Now teenagers, the children remain in the United States along with her husband.
The protestors think they are right in stopping the deportation of mother who also is an illegal immigrant and convicted criminal.