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Phoenix mom deported after routine immigration check

13 February 2017

Relevant databases indicate Ms. Garcia De Rayos has a prior felony conviction dating from March 2009 for criminal impersonation.

Garcia de Rayos spent 22 years in the country illegally, arriving in the US when she was 14. Her husband, too, is an undocumented immigrant.

The mother of two has been living in the United States illegally since the age of 14.

Officials warned Mexicans in the U.S.to be cautious, aware of their rights and to stay in contact with their local consulate.

Rayos arrived in the United States 21 years ago and made a life for herself, having two children in the process.

"Ms. Garcia's immigration case underwent review at multiple levels of the immigration court system, including the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the judges held she did not have a legal basis to remain in the U.S."

Garcia de Rayos was deported about 10 a.m. from a Nogales border crossing and ICE worked with Mexican consular officials to repatriate her, agency spokeswoman Yasmeen Pitts O'Keefe said in a prepared statement.

Wednesday's protests were mostly peaceful, but police said on Twitter that "despite repeated warnings, some engaging in criminal acts" refused to stop.

They were all eager to praise former President Barack Obama for allowing her to stay illegally despite her status. She was placed into deportation proceedings but given leniency under Obama administration guidelines that targeted immigrants who had committed unsafe crimes.

The protesters said they initially succeeded in stopping the vehicles from leaving, but said they later left the grounds by another exit, the The Associated Press said.

"But Garcia de Rayos was allowed to continue to live in Arizona, under supervision and with regular check-ins with ICE, as member station KJZZ reports".

The action sparked protests by supporters of Garcia de Rayos and drew praise from proponents of stricter enforcement of immigration laws. Among the 18 executive orders that he has issued since taking office on January 20 is one stipulating that undocumented immigrants convicted of any criminal offense-and even those who have not been charged but are believed to have committed "acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense"-have become a priority for deportation".

Andre Segura, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union Immigrants' Rights Project says instances like the one in Phoenix had been their concern since the orders were released.

It's unclear if Garcia de Rayos will be deported immediately, or have the opportunity to fight her deportation from a detention center.

Cleveland immigration attorney David Leopold says the sweeping nature of the order provides the blueprint for the mass deportations Trump promised on the campaign trail.

According to officials late Thursday morning, the family of Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos has been told she has been deported. "And I don't regret it, because I did it for love", Garcia de Rayos said Thursday.

What Trump's executive order has done is to is put in place rules that punish everyone but criminals. Among them: being convicted or charged of any criminal offense, using a fake Social Security number, not leaving after final removal orders and posing a threat to public safety or national security in the eyes of an immigration officer.

Phoenix mom deported after routine immigration check