An undocumented Arizona mother who was deported to Mexico under President Trump's crackdown on migration is temporarily reunited with her children and tells reporters she's a victim of Arizona's controversial former Sheriff Joe Arpaio under whom she was arrested in 2008. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) An Arizona mother of two, who lived in the United States for more than 20 years, was temporarily reunited with her children after she was deported to Mexico. Guadalupe Garcia, 36, was taken to Nogales, Mexico by U.S. immigration staff on Thursday, becoming one of the first to be swept up in the Trump administration's crackdown on illegal immigrants in the United States, officials reported. Authorities report that Garcia was deported because she was arrested in 2008 as part of a workplace raid at a Mesa water park and accused of identity theft. Garcia said her problems started with the famous Arizona "Sheriff Joe." "Arpaio, Arpaio, I was the victim of (former county sheriff Joe) Arpaio. After following through with the process, all was good, I was given permission, I was working and everything was going well. And then with the check that was done, the felony that Arpaio gave me came back which made me a criminal. For them, I am a criminal. The simple fact that I worked made me a criminal to them. I don't think that is just," she said. Garcia had been allowed to remain under the Obama administration's policy despite a 2013 arrest by immigration officials, her attorney reported. "Imagine that I underwent a check up every year and they wait and then they see that everything is good and then they say no, that they cannot give me (permission), that I will be arrested. They (authorities) practically took away my right that I had before for the felony that I previously had," said Garcia from her migrant shelter in Mexico. Garcia came to the United States at age 14 and was living in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa. She hasn't lived a day of her adult life in Mexico. Her detention sparked a protest on Wednesday (February 08) outside a Phoenix Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office during which seven demonstrators were arrested. Garcia is now seeking legal advice. President Donald Trump's administration has directed immigration officials to end the practice known as "catch and release" and deport all illegal immigrants, even if they have not committed serious crimes or pose any danger. Santana from the Mexican consul in Nogales told media this was the new reality in the United States and that the migrant community needs to be aware. "This is an example of the new changes which are occurring in regulations and processes from authorities in the United States. As a consulate we will continue to fight for rights to be respected. These rights are in the law, as was the case with Ms Guadalupe and legal action will be taken in due course. This is why we call on the (migrant) community to note that this case is a new reality," he added. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has vowed to offer necessary assistance to nationals deported from the United States. According to Pew, more than 16 million Mexican migrants have migrated to the United States in the last 50 years. But the research body has also found that in recent years the number of Mexican immigrants living in the US illegally has been declining.