The Inhuman Horror of Trump’s Immigration Deportation: As Told by Voice of America

The Resistance News

February 13, 2017

Voice of America reports of a mother and her two children sudden separation by vast distances, as the mother routine meeting with immigration authorities, turned into a quick kick, the mother out of America.

One of the first deportations under Trump’s new order was a Garcia de Rayos, mother of two children, both U.S. citizens, who was deported to Mexico early Thursday. Garcia had checked in with U.S. immigration authorities every year since 2008 where after questioning would return home.

But when Garcia went in for her meeting Wednesday, she was arrested and deportation proceedings were begun. She had lived in the U.S. for more than 22 years

The following is from Voice of America

(source)

U.S. immigration authorities arrested hundreds of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally in raids across the country this week, although authorities said the enforcement action wasn’t linked to a recent executive order signed by President Donald Trump.

The raids targeted undocumented immigrants with criminal histories, Gillian Christensen, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security, told The Washington Post, noting they were part of a “routine” action.

“We’re talking about people who are threats to public safety or a threat to the integrity of the immigration system,” she told the newspaper.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokeswoman Jennifer Elzea told the French news agency AFP, “The focus of these operations is no different than the routine, targeted arrests carried out by ICE’s Fugitive Operations Teams on a daily basis.”

The enforcement actions took place in at least six states and included such cities as Atlanta, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.

Speaking to reporters Friday night, David Marin, director of the Los Angeles field office of Enforcement and Removal Operations, part of ICE, said about 75 percent of the more than 160 people arrested in the area throughout the week had felony convictions and had no connection to the Trump order.

“This operation that we conducted is on par with similar operations that were done in the past,” Marin said.

Trump issued an executive order last month to crack down on the estimated 11 million immigrants living in America illegally.

He also made changes to policies of the administration of former President Barack Obama, allowing immigration agents broader authority to deport those who have committed minor violations of the law or no offenses at all.

The raids have led to numerous protests across the country, including in Austin, Texas, which counts about 100,000 undocumented immigrants among its population; Minneapolis, Minnesota; New York City; Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

More than a hundred people protested late Friday in Austin against what they said were intensified ICE operations over the past few weeks.

One of the first deportations under Trump’s new order was a mother of two children, both U.S. citizens, who was deported to Mexico early Thursday, her lawyer said.

The deportation showed a change in U.S. policy toward undocumented immigrants.

Ray Ybarra Maldonado said the undocumented woman, Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, 36, was taken into custody Wednesday in Phoenix, Arizona, when she stopped in for a routine check at a U.S. immigration office.

Garcia de Rayos had checked in with U.S. immigration authorities every year since 2008, when she was stopped for using a fake Social Security number during a raid on a water park where she worked. In past visits, she answered questions that were put to her and went home.

But when Garcia de Rayos went in for her meeting Wednesday, she was arrested and deportation proceedings were begun. She had lived in the U.S. for more than 22 years.

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