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It’s Been One Year Since Guadalupe Garcia, The First Person To Be Deported Under Trump’s Executive Action, Was Apprehended

Arizona activists demonstrated in front of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Phoenix on Monday, protesting immigration policy that led to the deportation of Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos one year ago.

Garcia, the undocumented mother of two who had been living in the U.S. for more than 20 years, was apprehended during a regular check-in at her local ICE office on Feb. 8, 2017. The next day, she was deported back to Mexico, where she has been living ever since.

The news drew national attention, as she was the first person to be removed under the then-newbie President Donald Trump’s anti-immigration executive action. Under the order, undocumented people who had been committed of any criminal offense were prioritized for deportation. Unlike under President Obama, where violent perpetrators were emphasized, this meant that Garcia, who was arrested in 2008 for using a fake Social Security Number to get work, was now a priority for deportation.

Her arrest aroused protests across the state, which continue one year later, largely energized by her teenage daughter Jacqueline Rayos-Garcia.

Posted by Puente Human Rights Movement on Monday, February 5, 2018

“It’s been really heartbreaking, because it’s just like a big chunk of me has been ripped away,” Rayos-Garcia told USA Today, noting that she has visited her mother three times during school breaks. “It hasn’t been the same, because she’s usually there when I get home, asking me how has my day been, how was school. And now I don’t have anyone to talk to.”

Demonstrators, who projected an ICE logo that read “U.S. Immigration and Ethnic Cleansing Enforcement” onto the agency’s building, called for an end to deportations and the termination of plans to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“We are committed to fight the Trump Administration’s ethnic cleansing,” Puente, the Phoenix-based human rights group behind the protest, said in a post on Facebook.

¡HOY! Te esperamos para apoyar a la familia y compañeros en la lucha un año después de la deportación de Guadalupe Garcí…

Posted by Puente Human Rights Movement on Monday, February 5, 2018

Garcia’s lawyer Ray Ybarra Maldonado, present at the rally, also announced that he plans to reopen the fraudulent ID case that led to her felony conviction and subsequent deportation.

“It’s heartbreaking for me to come back a year later and witness the scene of the crime,” said Maldonado, referring to Garcia’s deportation. “Because that’s what it was.”

The Maricopa County Superior Court will rule on his petition in March.

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A 9-Year-Old Girl Was Detained By Border Patrol On Her Way To School

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A 9-Year-Old Girl Was Detained By Border Patrol On Her Way To School

A 9-year-old U.S. citizen was separated from her mother for 36 hours after agents at the border accused her of lying about her citizenship.

Like thousands of students in our country, Julia Isabel Amparo Medina’s daily commute requires her to cross the U.S. border.

The fourth-grade student attends Nicoloff Elementary School in San Ysidro, California and was in a carpool to school from her home in Tijuana when she ran into traffic. Medina, was commuting to school in a car driven by her mother’s friend Michelle Cardena, Cardena’s two children and her own older 14-year-old brother, Oscar. When the long line to get into the U.S. seemed to be jampacked upon their 4 a.m arrival, Cardenas instructed the kids in her car to walk to the border. She assured them that when they reached it, she would call them an Uber to get them the rest of the way to their school.

But Medina and her never made it across the border or to school that day.

According to the New York Times who talked to a Customs and Border Protection spokesman, two Amparo and her brother arrived at one of the San Ysidro port of entry facilities for pedestrians at 10:15 a.m. last Monday.

Upon their arrival, Amparo and her brother presented their U.S. passports to a CBP officer who soon accused her of being someone else. Note: Amparo’s passport image which was taken years before so she did not look exactly like herself. They also accused her brother of smuggling.

A CBP spokesperson has said that Amparo “provided inconsistent information during her inspection, and CBP officers took the 9-year-old into custody to perform due diligence in confirming her identity and citizenship.”

After CBP officers the confirmed that her brother was a U.S. citizen, he was permitted to enter the U.S while his sister stayed behind. It wasn’t until 6:30 pm on Tuesday, that Amparo was confirmed to be a U.S. citizen as well and was released and admitted to the U.S. to her mother.

Speaking to NBC7, Amparo said she was “scared” of her detention and that she was “sad because I didn’t have my mom or my brother. I was completely by myself.”

According to Amparo’s mother Thelma Galaxia, her daughter claims that she was told by an officer that she and her brother would be released if she admitted to being her cousin. Galaxia claims that officers also convinced her son Oscar to sign a document that Amparo was his cousin and not his sister.

When Galaxia was alerted that her children had been detained she contacted the Mexican consulate.

After being notified by the consulate that her daughter would be released at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. While the family felt relieved to be grateful to be reunited with their daughter, Galaxia says the separation should never have happened.

Over the weekend, Twitter was swift to express their outrage over the incident.

Some even expressed their dismay of having a similar situation happen to them.

Many are using the incident as an example of the racial issues plaguing so many U.S. citizens like Amparo.

So many of the comments included outside opinions from those who have yet to experience the direct targetting of ICE.

Over all, nearly everyone was quick to point out the saddest aspect of Amparo’s experience.

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When This Man At Walmart Told A Latina To Leave The US, She Told Him “This Is My Country, Too”

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When This Man At Walmart Told A Latina To Leave The US, She Told Him “This Is My Country, Too”

Another day, another Latina’s shopping experience ending in Donald Trump-inspired xenophobia.

On Friday, while Dulce Nereyda, her daughter and mother were looking for baby shower gifts at an Arizona Walmart, they were interrupted by a bearded white man who didn’t like that she and her mom were speaking to each other in Spanish.

The Mexican-American woman, who didn’t get the entire encounter on camera, shared what she was able to record from the frightening verbal assault on Facebook.

“This ⬇️ man starts yelling, ‘I can’t wait until Trump does away with you all!’ I was like, ‘Excuse me.’ He yelled ‘Leave, just leave. YOU DON’T BELONG HERE!’ All because I was speaking Spanish to my mom,” she wrote of the unnamed man.

Dulce was stunned by the sudden display of racism and was unsure what to do. After seeing her daughter’s face, she felt like she couldn’t remain quiet, pulling out her phone to record the man harassing her and reminding him that she, too, belonged in the country.

So it really F*** happened ????????!!! As my Beautiful mommi, JORDAN, and I are shopping for Beto Ramos baby shower tomorrow at Walmart on Huntington. This ⬇️ man starts yelling " I can't wait until Trump does away with you all!" I was like excuse me. He yelled "Leave just leave YOU DON'T BELONG HERE!" All because I was speaking Spanish to my mom. I was so caught off guard that I didn't even know what to do. I always thought what would I ever do if that happened to me or my mom and it did. I felt scared at first and then I saw the look on my baby girls face ????????????. So if you know me I couldn't just leave it like that. I WANT TO EXPOSE THIS MAN FOR THE RACIST HE IS! And I assured my little Queen that this is her home and WE DO BELONG HERE????????????????!!!

Posted by Dulce Nereyda on Friday, March 15, 2019

“So do you want to tell me to get out again? Because this is my country, too,” she said as the camera faced the man.

While the man initially ignored her, it didn’t take long for him to continue with his bigoted, pro-Trump rant, saying, “I wish you guys would leave, and I can’t wait till we build the wall.”  

Making no indication that she had any intentions on leaving her country, Dulce once more asserted that she is American and that English is not the official language of the United States.

She says she posted the encounter on Facebook to both expose the man for the “racist he is” and also send an important message to her daughter.

“I assured my little queen that this is her home and we do belong,” she said.

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