Thanks Trump: Mother of 2 Taken by ICE After Living & Working in US for 21 Years
Seven people were arrested in Arizona because they were blocking a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) van after protesting the deportation of a mother of 2 two outside her home in Phoenix.
The protesters were peacefully blocking ICE from taking Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos away; however the Phoenix police claimed they were “engaging in criminal acts” because they refused to stop.
About 7 arrests made without force. Everyone remains safe so far. Hoping for continued cooperation and no more criminal conduct.
— Phoenix Police (@phoenixpolice) February 9, 2017
Rayos was wrongfully arrested by ICE in 2008 while at work and accused of felony impersonation. She served 6 months in a detention center before being released later that year.
As she’s done for years, Rayos checked in with ICE routinely; however at her last visit she was served with an order of deportation. This makes Rayos the first immigrant to be deported under Donald Trump’s executive order.
Because of the wrongful arrest in 2008, Rayos now faces deportation.
Ray Ybarra Maldonado, attorney for Rayos, told the media : “We’re living in a new era now, an era of war on immigrants.”
Puente Arizona, an immigrant rights group, explained that Rayos is a victim of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s targeting and policies of enforcing identity laws that manipulate residents under the guise of cracking down on illegal border immigration.
The group has sued Arpaio in 2014 for his workplace raids because of their unconstitutional ethnic and racial profiling.