Networks Go Nuts Over Trump's 'First Victim' of Deportation

For her part, Garcia de Rayos appears keenly aware of her role in this unfolding drama.

He added saying, "Getting back to the US, legally, there's really no route for her".

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.

Garcia de Rayos was convicted in 2008 for using a fake Social Security number and was ordered to be sent back to Mexico.

Police identified the seven people who were arrested late Wednesday as 31-year-old Manuel Saldana, 57-year-old Beth King, 36-year-old Angeles Maldonado, 23-year-old Maria Castro, 41-year-old Kenneth Chapman and 37-year-old Luke Black.

Kansas Secretary of State and former Trump advisor Kris Kobach is also promising to extend Trump's executive order to the state level, and introduced a bill empowering state and municipal law enforcement to enforce federal immigration laws and deport undocumented immigrants. "No one is illegal!" as her husband and two children watched. She has been in the United States, according to the New York Times, since the age of 14, when she came into the country illegally. Her lawyer believes her deportation is "a direct result of the new executive orders that are being put into action" by President Trump's administration.

"She's with her kids right now", said Lucia Sandoval of the immigration advocacy group Puente Arizona. For four years, federal immigration authorities had given her a pass to remain in the USA rather than deport her back to her native Mexico. In 2013 Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a final deportation order for her, but the agency did not act on the order until Wednesday.

But Rayos does have a criminal record because of her conviction on a felony charge of identification theft. However, Rayos was not considered a priority for deportation under Obama.

ICE released a statement saying Rayos was being detained based on the removal order issued in 2013.

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

Garcia de Rayos reportedly left Acambaro, a city Mexican state of Guanajuato, and crossed the border into Nogales, Arizona.

"Basically we are Americans", he said.

Garcia de Rayos has lived here for 20 years illegally, but that isn't why she was deported.

Garcia showed up at ICE headquarters earlier in the day for a required check-in.

Mexico's foreign relations department said that her removal is an example of more severe immigration enforcement. It lost the case on appeal, but Arpaio disbanded the task force that conducted the raids. Under the Obama administration, only undocumented immigrants convicted of a felony, serious misdemeanor or multiple misdemeanors were prioritized for deportation.

  • Joey Payne