A Mexican woman who has been in the United States for more than 20 years has been deported, making her one of the first undocumented workers to be removed from the United States under a new executive action by President Trump.
Guadalupe García de Rayos, 36, a mother of two, was taken into custody Wednesday by immigration agents during a check-in at the Phoenix offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
ICE confirmed that Rayos had been deported to Mexico on Thursday morning, saying in a statement reported by local media that her 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."
The case surrounding Rayos, who left Mexico at the age of 14, had earned national attention because she had been in the United States for so long, because she has regularly been checking in with a local Immigration and Customs Enforcement office for the last eight years, and because she appears to be the first person effected by the Trump order.
Rayos was caught at her workplace in a raid using a fake Social Security number, and had been checking in with the ICE office since 2008. A judge had issued a deportation order against her in 2013, but she was not sent back to Mexico because the Obama administration prioritized removing people deemed to be threats to U.S. safety.
Since Rayos had not committed any serious felony offenses, she was not seen as a threat.
Under an order issued by Trump, undocumented workers who have committed chargeable criminal offenses are prioritized for deportation. The fake Social Security number used by Rayos is a criminal offense.
I agree with my President, if you are here illegally you must be sent back from which you came. They steal or money and send it back to their country of origin and it takes money out of our economy .
We have Laws to obey.I do feel for the children.The people in Mexico need to see that the law will be enforced. Then they will stop coming into the country and come in the correct war.We need to issue worker passes and keep up with the people that come into and go out of the country y. Have a fee for each pass to pat for the program.
During WWII we had a good temporary workers pass program with Mexico. Canada has a good one today. We should again follow suit as you say.
I don't want to hear any crap about how we're breaking up families. She can take her kids with her if they want to stay together, if not then THEY chose to split up the family.
Awwww. I feel so bad for her. All she did was commit some identity theft. It could happen to anybody. We all do that from time to time. Right?
Throw her out!
I agree with you but does her crime go to the children also.
SHE dragged the kids into it. I have NO guilt....she committed the crime, FINALLY she's paying for it.
Well YEAH.......I have a whole stack of SS cards in the fire safe......doesn't everybody?
DAMN RIGHT. How many people in this country have had to dish out thousands of dollars because their SS cards and identities were stolen? So....who's the father? Is he here too? Is he legal?