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Protesters block van carrying woman possibly being deported

Thursday, February 09, 2017 - 01:24

Seven people were arrested in Phoenix, Arizona after police say they blocked a van carrying a woman who might possibly be deported under President Trump's clamp down on undocumented migrants. Linda So reports.

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Tensions flared outside a Phoenix immigration center as protesters blocked a van carrying a woman possibly being deported. Seven people were arrested. Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, seen here as her children stood helplessly outside the van. The undocumented migrant from Mexico was detained after she was called to the regional Immigration and Customs Enforcement Center for her regular check-in. Instead of being released as she has normally been in the past, the mother of two was taken into custody and issued an order of deportation. Family members and supporters point the finger at President Donald Trump's crack down on migrants. SOUNDBITE: ANGEL RAYOS, GUADALUPE'S SON, SAYING: "I'm pretty nervous.. but I'm trying to stay strong and positive.. we're out here with our community trying to stop this van from leaving. It's hard not to cry.. but we have to stay strong.. I told her that I loved her and that everything is going to be okay." Garcia de Rayos was reportedly charged with identity theft in 2009. But under former President Barack Obama's policies that focused on deporting criminals convicted of serious crimes, she had been allowed to stay in the U.S. as long as she checked in with immigration officials annually. Now family members fear she could be deported back to Mexico quickly, leaving behind her husband and two children who were both born in the U.S..

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Protesters block van carrying woman possibly being deported

Thursday, February 09, 2017 - 01:24