Demonstrators arrested during protest over a woman's deportation

"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 USA", she said.

Ms. Rayos was working at Golfland Sunsplash in Mesa, a suburb of Phoenix, when Maricopa County sheriff's deputies swooped in on December 16, 2008, arresting her and several other employees on charges of suspicion of identity theft and using forged documents to obtain employment.

A mother of two, she continued to live in Arizona and checked in with ICE every six months.

Garcia de Rayos was required to check-in annually with officials and was taken into custody on Wednesday after her regular check-in.

Garcia de Rayos reportedly left Acambaro, a city Mexican state of Guanajuato, and crossed the border into Nogales, Arizona. As a van carrying her attempted to leave, her two US-born children and their supporters physically blocked the van.

A group called the Puente Human Rights Movement, which works to "empower migrant communities" and protect their rights, helped organize the protest and vigil to stop Garcia's deportation. The Republic carried a statement from ICE officials, which said only that she was detained because of her prior conviction.

Several people were arrested Wednesday night during protests in Arizona over a woman facing deportation.

Police said seven people had been arrested "without force" but that most of the protesters were "peaceful and exercising their rights properly".


After reporting for her normal check-in with ICE, she never came out.

Garcia de Rayos' lawyer says her original arrest from 2008 took place during a workplace raid they argue was unconstitutional, and therefore she should be allowed to stay in the country. "ICE had done what President Trump wanted - which is deport and separate our families", Garcia said.

As feared, her meeting ended differently than ones in previous years: She was taken into custody and ordered to be deported. An ICE spokeswoman confirmed Garcia had been detained.

Even though Arpaio's raids were later blocked by a federal judge, she lost her deportation appeal. The Obama administration had previously prioritized the deportation of violent, serious, or repeat offenders and known threats to national security.

In this tweet, you see her son looking at her through the window of the ICE police van. "We base that off of our two USA citizen children, the fact that she is a victim of one of Arpaio's raids".

Garcia pointed to the incident as a direct reflection of the severity of Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration.

Maldonado disagrees with Trump's new executive order, calling it a "complete sham".

  • Annette Adams