Thursday, February 9, 2017



Undocumented immigrant deported after ICE detainment in Arizona
BY KTAR.COM | February 9, 2017 @ 11:25 am

PHOENIX — An undocumented immigrant detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement overnight in Arizona was deported Thursday, an attorney said. "Guadalupe (Garcia de Rayos) is in Nogales, Sonora. She's been deported," Carlos Garcia with Puente Arizona said during a call with media.

De Rayos was taken into custody on Wednesday during a biannual check-in. Her detention sparked a large protest outside of ICE headquarters.

Garcia blamed de Rayos' deportation on an executive order signed by President Donald Trump that made all illegal immigrants, regardless of the crime, the focus of deportation efforts.
"ICE has done what President Trump wanted to, which is deport and separate our families," he said.

De Rayos was found guilty of felony identity theft following a 2008 raid on her workplace by then-Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. She was allowed to remain in the country, so long as she checked in with immigration officials, under an executive order signed by then-President Barack Obama.

De Rayos has been in the country illegally since she was 14 and had been considered a low priority for deportation by the Obama Administration. She is the mother of two children, both teenagers.

In an earlier Thursday press release, ICE said de Rayos was designated for deportation in 2013.
"[De Rayos] is currently being detained by ICE based on a removal order issued by the Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review which became final in May 2013," the statement read in part.

About seven people were arrested during the protest, according to Phoenix police.

Garcia pointed to the incident as a direct reflection of the severity of Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration. "We all knew something could be different this time with the new administration," Garcia said in a Wednesday interview with the Los Angeles Times. "She went in with the lawyer and didn't come out. That was pretty much all there was."

When asked by media about de Rayos' case, Press Secretary Sean Spicer declined to address the issue and said reporters should ask ICE.


Note: Could be interesting to learn the affiliations of the 7 arrested.

Phoenix mom deported; police release names of 7 arrested while protesting her deportation
Demonstrators protest mother's deportation

Posted: Feb 08, 2017 9:39 PM MST
Updated: Feb 09, 2017 11:44 AM MST
By Amanda Goodman

Top: Walter Staton, Manuel, Beth King (not pictured) Bottom: Angeles Maldonado, Maria Castro, Kenneth Chapman, Luke Black (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

Police arrested several people during a protest at the regional ICE office in central Phoenix. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)


Puente Arizona said Thursday that the Valley mother at the center of a protest outside the ICE office in Phoenix has been deported. At the same time, seven people arrested while protesting her deportation are awaiting their initial court appearances.

Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos is among the first impacted by the president's efforts to crack down on illegal immigrants.

Family and supporters were at the regional ICE office in Phoenix on Wednesday, waiting to learn the fate of this mother, wife and friend. As more time passes, they grow more worried.

[WATCH: Demonstrators protest mother's deportation]

Just before noon, Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos walked into the regional ICE office for a check-in, but instead of a regular check-in, she was issued an order of deportation.

"She's always there for me. No one should ever have to go through this," said her 16-year-old son, Angel.

Her family and supporters say this is a direct result of President Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal immigrants.

[RELATED: Several arrested as deportation fear prompts Phoenix protest]

[WATCH: 7 arrested during protest outside ICE office]

Garcia de Rayos was arrested in one of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's workplace raids in 2008. She was convicted of a felony and served six months in ICE detention before being released. They thought her case was cleared -- until Wednesday.

As day turned to night, a prayer vigil was held to help calm everyone's uncertainty about what Garcia de Rayos' future holds.

"At this point, I think the more time that passes, it's a little bit scarier and we have more anxiety around it, but we're not going anywhere until we find out what's happening," Francisca Porchas, Puente organizer.

Garcia de Rayos could either be deported immediately or be allowed to fight her case from a detention center.

Late Wednesday night, protesters blocked a van that Garcia de Rayos was in to keep it from leaving for about an hour.

Phoenix police officers responded to the scene at around 9:30 p.m. They arrested approximately seven people, according to a police spokesman.

Police released their names late Thursday morning.

Walter Staton, 35
Manuel Saldana, 31
Beth King, 57
Angeles Maldonado,36
Maria Castro, 23
Kenneth Chapman, 41
Luke Black, 37

They are expected to make their initial court appearances later Thursday.



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