Arizona Immigrant Mother Given Leniency Under Obama Administration, Deported

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13 February, 2017

As a nonviolent felon, she was considered a low priority for deportation under the Obama administration, but an executive order by President Trump widened the priorities of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to include all immigrants in the country illegally with a criminal record. While the orders make clear that Trump will prioritize the deportation of criminals, the order on "Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States" greatly expands what the federal government considers a crime worthy of a speedy deportation. Garcia was reportedly charged with identity theft in 2009.

Garcia de Rayos left the soup kitchen with her two children in a minivan headed to a migrant shelter, where she is staying temporarily in Nogales, Mexico. She missed DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), the president's (Obama) work permit programme by four months because she was four months too old, even though she came to the country when she was 14. "No one is illegal!" as her husband and two children watched.

On Wednesday, she showed up with her lawyer for a routine check-in with ICE officials and was detained instead.

Garcia de Rayos was among workers arrested years ago in one of then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio's first investigations into Phoenix-area businesses suspected of hiring immigrants who had used fraudulent IDs to get jobs.

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

Garcia de Rayos' teenage children spoke at an emotional news conference Thursday in Phoenix, the Arizona Republic reported.

The case has been viewed as a effect of President Donald Trump's recent expansion of immigration laws.

"She's always there for me", said her 16-year-old son, Angel, to CBS Arizona. 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. They then moved to deport her, prompting protests.

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The detention of an Arizona mother who left Mexico and entered the USA illegally when she was 14 is drawing attention to an element of President Trump's executive order on immigration and border security that was overshadowed by discussion of the border wall.

A protester locks himself to the van carrying Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos outside the Ice facility in Phoenix.

U.S. immigration officials said there was nothing special about her case - she committed a crime and her deportation order was enforced.

Ms. Garcia De Rayos is now being detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) based on a removal order issued by the Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review which became final in May 2013.

It was during this check in on Wednesday that she was taken into custody, just days after Donald Trump signed an executive order broadening the regulations under which some people will be deported.

But Trump's executive order on immigration, issued on January 25, significantly broadens the government's deportation's priorities.

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


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