Liberals Protest Deportation Of Criminal

Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, a 36-year-old mother of two USA citizens, was a nonviolent felon who had for years complied with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) orders after being convicted of using a fake Social Security number to work.

Rayos' case attracted national interest as she had routinely checked in with ICE officials for the last eight years. Yet one way Trump could get around this reality is by expanding the definition of a criminal offense, which is exactly what he did in his executive order.

Garcia also said she didn't regret her decision to report to Immigration and Customs Enforcement despite knowing she'd risk getting arrested.

Police said via Twitter that they had made "about 7 arrests" without force.

The mother was separated from her teenage children, who vowed to keep fighting for her at an emotional news conference on Thursday evening.

A protester locked himself to the van carrying Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos that is stopped by protesters outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in Phoenix.

On Thursday, after learning the news that she'd been deported, her children broke down crying. A photo by the Arizona Republic newspaper identified a woman looking through one of the vehicle windows covered by security screening as Garcia de Rayos. "She has now been torn apart from her family". "She hasn't done anything to harm anyone".

"The case of Mrs. Garcia de Rayos illustrates the new reality that the Mexican community lives in the United States, faced with the most severe application of immigration control measures", Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement in Spanish today.

In a statement to 12 News, ICE said Garcia was being held based on a deportation order that was issued in May of 2013.

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This time, according to her attorney, Ray Ybarra-Maldonado, the Mexican consulate informed him that Garcia de Rayos, whose two children were born in the USA, was deported to Nogales, Sonora, on Thursday.

The executive order signed by Trump could amount to a vast expansion of authority for individual immigration officers and a dramatic increase in efforts to detain and deport undocumented immigrants. "We went to school here".

She was convicted of felony identity theft following a 2008 raid on her workplace by then-Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

After spending six months in jail, she was released.

One of the questions being asked, what right, if any, does she have to stay in this country if she came here illegally? She never had a problem until now.

Garcia showed up at ICE headquarters earlier in the day for a required check-in.

Garcia de Rayos might be the first person deported from Arizona under Trump's executive order, her attorney told CNN affiliate KNXV-TV.

Her lawyer, Ray Ybarra-Maldonado, said he has submitted a request to stay her deportation.

"It's not fair that my mom might be taken away for providing for my family", Rayos' 14-year-old daughter Jacqueline said in a statement Wednesday.

  • Adam Floyd