After Being Deported To Mexico, Guadalupe García de Rayos Gives Her Side Of The Story

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Earlier this week, Guadalupe García de Rayos, 35, found herself in the back of a van at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices in Phoenix, AZ. Though many loved ones and protestors showed up in her defense, García de Rayos was deported to Nogales, a border town in Mexico that she hasn’t seen in more than 20 years.

García de Rayos, who is now in Nogales, said officers handled her as if she was El Chapo.

García de Rayos told El Universal that after leaving the ICE offices, she was handed off to another set of officials. At no point was she allowed to contact her lawyer or make phone calls, and the officers wouldn’t tell García de Rayos where she was headed. She told El Universal, “I felt like a criminal.”

García de Rayos explained to reporters why she checked in with ICE, even though she knew it was risky under the new administration.

Because of a prior conviction for identity theft (García de Rayos used someone else’s social security number to gain employment), García de Rayos was obligated to check in with ICE every six months. Though she had never had any problems during these appointments in the past, García de Rayos knew this time could be different.

According to CNN, García de Rayos understood that she could face deportation under the Trump administration, but she wanted to “confront” her situation, rather than stay in hiding. In a press conference, García de Rayos said, “I don’t regret it, because I know I did this so that more families could see what’s in store, what could happen, and so that they could know what they could risk.”

Despite the events of the last week, Rayos has expressed that she doesn’t regret moving to the United States.

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The mother of two told CNN:

The truth is I was there [in the United States] for my children. For a better future. To work for them. And I don’t regret it, because I did it for love.

Since García de Rayos’s deportation, her children have crossed the border to see their mother.

According to CNN, García de Rayos’s daughter, Stephanie, released a statement, saying:

“We don’t deserve to go through this. No family deserves to go through this. It’s heartbreaking. No one should feel this much pain, no one should go through this much suffering.”

Under the current immigration system, García de Rayos has almost no options that will allow her to return to the U.S.

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Ray Ybarra Maldonado, García de Rayos’s attornery, told FOX News:

“Getting back to the U.S., legally, there’s really no route for her. There’s no avenue for her. There’s no application she can submit. There’s no waiver she can submit. I mean, this is a prime example of our failed immigration system.”

[h/t] CNN: ‘I did it for love,’ says mother deported in Arizona immigration case

Mexico Wants To Teach President Trump A Lesson, But U.S. Farmers Might Suffer The Biggest Hit


Mexico Wants To Teach President Trump A Lesson, But U.S. Farmers Might Suffer The Biggest Hit

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Since becoming president, Donald Trump has taken many well-publicized shots at Mexico’s citizens and leaders. He has threatened to place a 20 percent tariff on Mexican imports to help fund the construction of a border wall, made plans to renegotiate NAFTA at the expense of Mexico, and he allegedly told President Enrique Peña Nieto that he would send U.S. troops into Mexico to fight cartels.

Now Mexican politicians are pushing back against President Trump’s aggressive diplomacy tactics by going after U.S. corn.

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Senator Armando Rios Piter has announced plans to introduce a bill that would boycott U.S.-produced corn for the foreseeable future and purchase corn from Brazil and Argentina instead, according to CNN Money. This might not sound like a big deal, but Mexico currently buys 25 percent of the corn in the U.S.

If Mexico decides to buy corn from non-U.S. sources, it could cost American farmers billions of dollars in revenue.

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According to CNN, the sale of U.S. corn brought famers $2.4 billion dollars in 2015. That’s going to hurt quite a few farmers. Roughly 100,000 Iowan and Kansan farmers combined rely on trade with Mexico for their livelihood. Putting these jobs at risk could hurt President Trump’s claim that he would be the “greatest jobs president God ever created.”

Senator Chuck Grassley from Iowa tweeted out his concern for the very real threat Mexico’s boycott could bring.

Clearly it’s not just politicians in Mexico that are affected by President Trump’s attitude towards Mexico.

Mexican politicians are determined to show that President Trump’s behavior has consequences.

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Senator Rios Piter told CNN that this retaliation is a “good way to tell them that this hostile relationship has consequences, hope that it changes.”

You know you messed up bad when Mexico turns its back on your corn supply.


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