Protesters try to block deportation of Arizona mom

Protesters gathered outside the ICE office in hopes of preventing her transfer Wednesday night, with one demonstrator even chaining himself to a transport van. "Additional arrests for the criminal acts are imminent", Phoenix police said in a statement.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said what occurred Wednesday showed "President Trump's mass deportation plan makes our country less safe". Seven people were arrested.

Garcia de Rayos spoke from the Kino Border Initiative, a soup kitchen and shelter in Nogales, Mexico, where many migrants go after being deported.

The 35-year-old Arizona woman, who first came to the United States at age 14 and has two children who are us citizens, was returned to Mexico on Thursday.

"I don't regret it, because I know I did this so that more families could see what's in store, what could happen, and so that they could know what they could risk,"she said". "I'm going to keep fighting so that they continue to study in their country, and so that their dreams become a reality". "She has been deported, and this has been one of the first victim of President Trump, " declared an "activist" to the press.

Garcia de Rayos, 35, had lived in the US for more than two decades and her two children are both USA citizens.

She was deported to Mexico yesterday, arrested after reporting for a routine check to immigration and customs officials despite knowing she risked being detained. When Human Rights Watch and Platon went to Arizona in 2013, we met and photographed her children, Jacqueline and Angel, just days after she won that stay.

Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos inside an ICE van.

Mr Trump "took the gloves off agents and has permitted these agents to go after immigrants regardless of their ties and contributions to the United States" she said. There's no avenue for her. There is no application she can submit.

"She's working. She's supporting her family", Carroll said. "I mean, this is a prime example of our failed immigration system".

Garcia de Rayos did so for eight years and for eight years immigration officials let her stay in the country.

"My sister needs my mother".

Garcia arrived in the the United States when she was 14 years old. The president said the order was needed "to ensure the public safety of the American people". "It's a nightmare having your mother taken away from you".

Rayos is a married mother of two.

She was accused of using a Social Security number belonging to another person to get a job at a Glendale amusement park. She was charged with a felony, but her attorneys say that raid was later ruled unconstitutional.

Under the Obama administration, only undocumented immigrants convicted of a felony, serious misdemeanor or multiple misdemeanors were considered priorities for deportation. Her detention sparked a large protest outside of ICE headquarters. Karen Tumlin of the National Immigration Law Center said Friday that law enforcement officials have already carried out raids on homes, communities and workplaces in Los Angeles and Georgia.

Maldonado said his client's deportation could push immigrants deeper into the shadows and to avoid checking in with authorities like Garcia de Rayos always did.

On Wednesday, however, she was detained and is now facing deportation to Mexico, as reported by The New York Times. "It's not fun walking in and then walking out without them", he said.

Mexican nationals in the US now face a "new reality", authorities warned in a statement.

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