PHOENIX – Protests erupted in Phoenix Wednesday, when a Valley woman was ordered to be deported after showing up for a routine immigration check.
Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos was arrested in 2009 for impersonation as part of a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office raid. She was charged with a felony, but her attorneys say that raid was later ruled unconstitutional.
Court documents obtained by ABC15 also show Garcia had previously been ordered to self-deport.
Garcia reported for a regular check-in with Immigration Customs Enforcement Wednesday morning, but never came out.
According to Garcia’s attorney, she is now facing deportation as part of President Trump’s executive order focused on removing undocumented immigrants with a history of arrests.
Garcia’s husband and teenage children joined protesters outside ICE headquarters, as the family now faces being separated.
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“I’d ask him ‘why he would want to take her from me?’ She hasn’t done anything wrong and I’m not scared of him,” said Garcia’s daughter Jaqueline, of what she would ask President Trump if she could.
About 7 arrests made without force. Everyone remains safe so far.
Hoping for continued cooperation and no more criminal conduct.
Seven people were arrested Wednesday night as protesters blocked an ICE van that was believed to be transporting Garcia. The van moved back into the garage after several hours of people holding onto the tires and blocking the vehicle with their bodies. No injuries were reported.
Some protesters at the ICE building have chosen criminal conduct instead of free speech.
Garcia’s attorneys say they are trying to buy the Valley mother more time in the U.S., but no one knows for sure how that will work. Garcia is among, if not the first, Arizonan to be deported under the President’s new executive order.
“It’s extremely disappointing to walk in with a beautiful loving and caring human being like Guadalupe and not be able to walk out with her,” said Ray Ybarra Maldonado, Garcia’s attorney. “She is stronger than I am, when she heard she was going to be taken in, she took a deep breath asked what the next step that would happen and she went into custody.”
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released the following statement in regards to Garcia’s case:
Ms. Garcia De Rayos is currently 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. Relevant databases indicate Ms. Garcia De Rayos has a prior felony conviction dating from March 2009 for criminal impersonation.
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