March 24, 2017

Mexico warns citizens after United States deportation of undocumented mother

13 February 2017, 12:50 | Felicia Christensen

Supporters are rally behind woman facing deportation since President Trump's executive order

Supporters are rally behind woman facing deportation since President Trump's executive order

The former president had prioritized the deportation of people who were convicted of crimes such as aggravated felonies, terrorism or activity in a criminal street gang. Garcia was reportedly charged with identity theft in 2009.

Angel Rayos Garcia, 16, the son of Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, speaks to the press as he is comforted by his father, the husband of Guadalupe, who doesn't wish to be identified by name, outside ICE headquarters in Phoenix on February 9, 2017.

"I was very scared when I went to ICE, but I was not going to hide; I did not want that", she told EFE.

It stipulates that any undocumented immigrants convicted of a criminal offence get priority for deportation. Her detention sparked a large protest outside of ICE headquarters.

In the meantime, at the Nogales crossing between the two countries, a young mother was among the first to be deported under new measures.

Officials warned other Mexicans in the be cautious, aware of their rights and to stay in contact with their local consulate.

Both of her children are US -born citizens. "Next to de Rayos' window, her two American-born children, struggling to stay strong for their mother, " Schwartz exclaimed. Police arrested several protesters Wednesday night after they blocked enforcement vans. She appealed and a court allowed her to stay in the United States as long as she checked in once a year with immigration authorities. She was placed into deportation proceedings but given leniency under Obama administration guidelines that targeted immigrants who had committed risky crimes. She was detained and within 24 hours she was deported to her native Mexico.

"We're living in a new era now, an era of war on immigrants", Rayos' lawyer, Ray A. Ybarra Maldonado, told the New York Times.

However, she was allowed to remain under President Barack Obama's policy of leniency towards undocumented migrants who had entered the USA as children.

Seven protesters were arrested late on Wednesday as they tried to block a vehicle taking Garcia de Rayos away from the immigration office in Phoenix, Arizona, where she was being held.

Cleveland immigration attorney David Leopold says the sweeping nature of the order provides the blueprint for the mass deportations Trump promised on the campaign trail. "No one should have the pain of having their mother taken away", said her daughter Jacqueline Rayos Garcia, 14, a student at Red Mountain High School in Mesa.

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

What Trump's executive order has done is to is put in place rules that punish everyone but criminals. She was turned over to Mexican authorities at a border crossing in Nogales, Arizona, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. It includes people in the USA illegally who "have been convicted of any criminal offense", "have been charged with any criminal offense", "have committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense" or "are subject to a final order of removal", among other criteria.

In a statement, ICE said Rayos' removal was finalized by the Department of Justice in May 2013.

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