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Protests break out after illegal deported in Arizona

9 February 2017 Immigration National News


Mother taken into custody after decades in U.S.; 7 arrested in Phoenix protest after trying to block her apparent transfer

For  four years, federal immigration authorities have given Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos a pass to remain in the U.S. rather than deport her back to Mexico.

That changed Wednesday, when Garcia de Rayos went to check in as usual at the central Phoenix offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Instead of being released, she was taken into custody, while her husband, two children — both U.S.-born citizens — and a group of supporters watched in tears.

And by Wednesday night, her case had become the latest epicenter of the national debate over immigration enforcement. Before midnight, after hours of protests outside the ICE office on North Central Avenue, federal vehicles left the facility, possibly with Garcia de Rayos inside.

Her family and supporters fear Garcia de Rayos, 36, may be deported quickly to Mexico. That, they say, would make her among the first casualties under a shift in policy by ICE under President Donald Trump.

Earlier, protesters had gathered at the ICE office in an attempt to block federal vehicles from leaving the grounds. Inside the gates were buses and vans used to transport people in ICE custody to detention centers, or to the border for deportation.

After 9 p.m., police officers amassed on the south side of the facility as protesters continued to block access, chanting “Justice!” and “Power to the people, no one is illegal!”

Full AZ Central Story Here

Response from ICE

In a written statement, ICE officials confirmed that Garcia de Rayos had been detained based on a prior removal order issued by the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review. The order became final in May 2013.

“Relevant databases indicate Ms. Garcia De Rayos has a prior felony conviction dating from March 2009 for criminal impersonation,” the statement said.

The felony conviction stems from a 2008 work-site raid by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, said attorney Ybarra-Maldonado.

He said Garcia de Rayos came to the U.S. in 1996, when she was 14.

In 2008, she was swept up in one of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s work-site raids targeting the Golfland Entertainment Centers, which operated several water and mini-golf parks. Sheriff’s deputies seized hundreds of employment records and later arrested Garcia de Rayos at her house in Mesa. She pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal impersonation, a Class 6 felony, the lowest level.

As a result of the charge, Garcia de Rayos was then turned over to ICE, Ybarra-Maldonado said. She spent six months in ICE custody at the Eloy Detention Center, he said.

In 2013, an immigration judge found Garcia de Rayos had no legal stance to remain in the U.S. and issued a voluntary departure instructing her to leave the country, Ybarra-Maldonado said.

After Garcia de Rayos appealed the voluntary departure, ICE gave her an order of supervision instructing her to check in yearly, and then every six months, Ybarra-Maldonado said.


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  • At first this seems a bit extreme, BUT this woman is a criminal. I feel bad for her children.

    • Jarpo

      From the way the story sounds the husband isn’t legal either, only the 2 kids who were born here.

      • Yup, someone just lost a housekeeper.

      • Rijomi2

        Anchor babies that didn’t work

        • Pompano Queen1

          Finally anchor babies that didn’t work! Can’t wait to see what Trump has been telling DHS behind the scenes to do while the upfront court battle has been lost once again.

          • Rijomi2

            Well it goes back to the judge. The pause is the only part in question. Frankly, they’ll probably implement the extreme vetting before the courts finally decide

          • Pompano Queen1

            IMO it’s all been somewhat a “smoke and mirrors” when it was originally banned.

  • Pompano Queen1

    Criminal illegals are now being ousted. How in the world did she get to stay this long? She is a convicted felon and an illegal. Thank you President Trump!
    Say buh bye!

  • Rijomi2

    I saw on TV here. Well, Adios.

  • EarnitYourself

    “After 9 p.m., police officers amassed on the south side of the facility as protesters continued to block access, chanting “Justice!” and “Power to the people, no one is illegal!”

    Offer them all a ride on the same bus. I’m sure they don’t want her to be alone at a time like this.

    “No one is illegal…”. Where do they find these turds?

  • Pompano Queen1

    Today’s update…. her daughters can stay protected by the dreamers act. Time to repeal the dreamers act and ship them all back to Mehico!