Thursday, February 9, 2017



Comment: Not to forget the phx mayor is a bloomberg buddy.
Judging by many of the comments, not all of his subjects agree.
""As long as I am mayor," there is no opposition party in phx.
From Comrade Ruben: "strikes fear in the immigrant community"
That is the illegal immigrant community, no problem for legal immigrants.
ID theft ok? When it is your ID used?

Phoenix mayor calls deportation of undocumented woman a 'travesty'
KTAR.COM | February 9, 2017 @ 12:00 pm

PHOENIX — Mayor Greg Stanton said the deportation of an undocumented woman who was detained overnight in Phoenix is a "travesty" and waste of energy.

"Rather than tracking down violent criminals and drug dealers, [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] is spending its energy deporting a woman with two American children, who has lived here for more than two decades and poses a threat to nobody," he said in a statement.

Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, who entered the United States when she was 14, was deported Thursday after reporting for a required check-in with immigration officials.

She was convicted 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.

However, an executive order signed by President Donald Trump makes all illegal immigrants convicted of a crime eligible for deportation.

U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) said Trump's policy strikes fear in the immigrant community.
"Ms. Rayos' case proves that, in Trump's America, you could be praying in church one moment, and targeted for deportation the next," he said.

Stanton has opposed Trump's deportation plans and reiterated that stance in his Thursday statement.

"As long as I am mayor, Phoenix will not participate in the 287(g) program or enter into any other agreements with the Trump Administration that aim to advance his mass deportation plans," he said.


Note: from El Diario, Nogales, Son.
BTW, there have been no modifications or changes to immigration statutes.

Guadalupe García Rayos, first "express" deportee
Details Posted on Thursday February 09, 2017,
Written by Editor / El Diario

The first case of an express deportation to Nogales, Sonora and that originates by the recent modifications in the migratory statutes of the United States before the arrival to the power of Donald Trump, occurred this Thursday morning to the detriment of a migrant that during ten Years complied with the law.

Ms. Guadalupe García was arrested in Mesa, Arizona, on Wednesday at about 1:00 p.m. and arrived in Nogales, and was deported at 9:42 am to the Dennis DeConcini POE where she was received by Migration and consular services.

During her stay in the Kino Migrant Initiative dining room, she reported that she presented herself every year to a check-up at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities, but due to recent changes in the Immigration laws, became a priority to be deported, stripping her of her old rights.

She recalled that in 2008 she was in her workplace and was arrested in a raid by officers of the Maricopa County Sheriff led by Joe Arpaio, although she entered a process to continue in the United States and obtained provisional work permits, I had to go to check-ups every year.

"Even in this last check-up, there was again my felony that Arpaio gave me, for them I am criminal, the simple fact that I worked there, for them I am a criminal and , because I am there for our children, to give them the best, "she said.

Ms. Garcia renewed her permission to work legally in the United States every year, thanks to a migration plan promoted by the former federal administration headed by former President Barack Obama and called "The United Family," she recalled, but with the Trump's arrival to power, those benefits disappeared.

"Now those who have a criminal record, we are priority to be deported," adds the victim.
Guadalupe leaves two children in Phoenix, a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl, who stayed with their aunts and other relatives. I worked at a spa company.

She was arrested around 13:00 hours on Wednesday and as Guadalupe had actively participated in pro-migrant public demonstrations, immediately upon her arrest, colleagues and friends organized a mobilization, the association called "Puente" quickly manifested itself.


From Nogales International, Nogales, AZ

Deportation marks 'new reality' under Trump
By Kendal Blust
Nogales International Feb 9, 2017 Updated 17 min ago (0)

Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos waits at the Kino Border Initiative comedor in Nogales, Sonora after being deported Thursday morning.

Less than 24 hours after being taken into custody during a routine check-in with immigration officers Wednesday in Phoenix, Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos was deported to Nogales, Sonora around 10 a.m. Thursday.

As one of the first people deported under President Donald Trump's new get-tough immigration policy, her case has sparked protests and drawn international media attention.

"I had permission. I was working, everything was OK," Garcia said during an interview Thursday morning at a soup kitchen for deported migrants in Nogales, Sonora. "But since they have changed the laws, I am a priority according to the president. To them I'm a 'criminal.'"

Garcia, 36, said she came to the United States without proper documentation in 1996 when she was 14. In 2008 she was arrested at her Mesa, Ariz. home after one of then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio's workplace raids at Golfland Entertainment Center revealed that she was using a false Social Security number. She pleaded guilty to felony charges of criminal impersonation and spent six months in detention.

Though she was initially ordered to self-deport in 2013, she said, she appealed and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) gave her an order of supervision, requiring her to check in yearly, and later, every six months.

Though she was "a little afraid" of what would happen at her six-month check in on Wednesday, Garcia said, she decided to go anyway rather than hide. When she reported to the Phoenix ICE office she was taken into custody.

"It doesn't seem just to me. I was working for my children, to give them a better life," she said, tearing up as she spoke about her 16-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter – both U.S. citizens, she said – with whom she had not spoken since being detained.

"I want to stay in the United States for my children, a future for them, hope for them," she said. "More than anything I want them to keep going to school there. That's what I've been fighting for year after year, for them. And if I can, I will continue fighting more."

Garcia's deportation is an example of the "new reality for migrants in the United States," said Ricardo Santana Velazquez, Mexico's consul in Nogales. "This case should stand as an example to motivate the migrant community to take precautions and to have a plan of action to confront this type of situation."

Trump campaigned on a promise to reform the U.S. immigration system and secure the border with Mexico, a country he accused of sending its "most unwanted people into the United States," including drug dealers and rapists. Speaking about his deportation plans in November during a post-election interview with "60 Minutes," Trump said: "What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even three million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate…"

Then after taking office, he issued an executive order on Jan. 25 making it his administration's policy to "ensure that aliens ordered removed from the United States are promptly removed." In establishing priorities for removal, Trump's order named not just undocumented immigrants who have been convicted of a criminal offense or have charges pending against them, but those who hadn't been officially charged but "have committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense."

An aggressive U.S. deportation policy has ramifications for Nogales, Sonora, which, in addition to serving as a drop-off point for deported Mexicans, has been overwhelmed by Haitian and Central American migrants in recent years. Cuauhtemoc "Temo" Galindo, the city's mayor, told reporters at a press conference on Jan. 31 that his government is not prepared to handle the mass deportations promised by Trump.

Future uncertain

When Garcia was taken into custody on Wednesday, it immediately sparked protests from family and supporters concerned that she would be quickly deported under the new policy. Seven protestors were reportedly arrested that night for blocking federal vehicles at the ICE office in Phoenix, including the one carrying Garcia.

Early Thursday morning, she was taken from Phoenix and dropped off in Nogales, Sonora, according to Santana Velazquez. She will be temporarily housed at a local shelter and the consulate will help her to return to her family in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato within the next few days, he said.

Garcia, however, said she would wait to discuss legal options with her lawyer before making any decisions. In the meantime, she hopes people hear about what happened to her, she said, "so that this doesn't happen to anyone else."


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