This story is breaking like wildfire on every major news outlet as midnight central time approaches.
Mexicans have been stirred up in Phoenix, Arizona, by the order to deport an illegal Mexican woman with a felony conviction, a husband, and two children in the States.
To clarify the title of this post, it’s not entirely clear that Guadelupe Garcia de Rayos is truly the first to be deported under President Trump’s executive order, but symbolically she’s the face of Trump’s allegedly cruel policy of breaking up families.
The rest of her brood would have no trouble joining her in Mexico, but it’s a pretty safe bet that’s not going to happen. This is only the first of many sob stories that will be coming out of the media, portraying El Presidente Trump as a mean man.
PHOENIX – Protests erupted in Phoenix Wednesday morning, 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.
“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.
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.