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A Month After Her Mother Was Detained By ICE, Cal State L.A. Student Claudia Rueda Was Also Detained

A mother of two from Boyle Heights, and her daughter, a Cal State Los Angeles student were both detained by immigration authorities in separate incidents and could be deported to Mexico. According to the the Los Angeles Times, people are livid at the way they were apprehended and are calling it unjust.

On April 24, Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested Teresa Vidal-Jaime, along with her husband, because they believed that they were connected to a cocaine drug ring.

But, according to community organizers, the authorities were wrong. They say the 54-year-old woman had nothing to do with the 30 pounds of cocaine and $600,000 in cash that the authorities found in a car belonging to her husband, Hugo Rueda.

Although the Sheriff’s Department released Vidal-Jaime because she was not considered a suspect in the drug bust — they claim they did not ask about her immigration status — ICE detained her due to her undocumented status. She was then taken to a detention center in Chula Vista and is awaiting deportation proceedings.

Community organizers suspect Vidal-Jaime was arrested because her daughter, Claudia Rueda, has been a longtime immigration activist.

Facebook/Claudia Rueda

Claudia Rueda has always been quick to inform people about ICE raids and pro-immigration protests.

“We think it is retaliation against her mother for her daughter’s activism,” community organizer Marcela Hernandez told the Los Angeles Times.

While her mother was in detention, Claudia Rueda held protests in support of her mom.

“Despite being told she would not be detained as long she cooperated, my mother was apprehended during an illegally conducted raid at my apartment,” Claudia Rueda said in a statement. “I know my mother is innocent, and both [the Sheriff’s Department and Border Patrol] know that, which is why they were supposed to let her go.”

Then on May 19, less than a month after her mother’s arrest, ICE arrested Claudia Rueda.

Facebook/Claudia Rueda

A statement from the Democratic Socialists of America offered Rueda’s version of the incident: “Officials showed up this morning, family members knew not to open the door since the agents couldn’t produce a warrant. But they got to Claudia anyway while she was outside moving the family’s car. For several hours her family had no idea where she was.”

ICE painted a different story. According to a press release by ICE, they state that Claudia was arrested, along with other individuals for their involvement in a “cross-border narcotics smuggling organization.”

ICE says that Claudia is in violation of the terms of her visa.

“These targeted arrests should send a stern message to anyone linked to transnational smuggling,” Roy D. Villareal, Deputy Chief Patrol Agent of the San Diego Sector said in the press release. “Our agents will be relentless in their effort to put these organizations out of business.”

The president of Cal State University, Los Angeles, where Rueda is a student, issued a statement saying ICE needs to release Rueda.

Protests calling for the release of Rueda are currently taking place.

Right now at outside Border Patrol in San Diego where they are holding Claudia after they kidnapped her from Boyle Heights, CA. #FreeClaudia

Posted by Sophia Armen on Friday, May 19, 2017

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A social media campaign, #FreeClaudia, was also launched:

The Democratic Socialists of America have created a template for anyone who wants to send ICE a letter asking for the release of Claudia and her mother.

[VIA] The Los Angeles Times: Woman swept up in massive cocaine bust in L.A. now faces deportation, spurring protests and anger

READ: Latino Man Held At ICE Detention Center Appears To Have Committed Suicide After Being In Isolation For 19 Days

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AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’


AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ted Cruz are at it again on Twitter. This time it’s about immigration policy. After recently traveling to the US-Mexican border to underline the recent rise in immigration, Cruz accused AOC of pushing for a “full open borders” policy.

And of course, AOC got him with some solid zingers.

AOC in turn hit back at Cruz for recently fleeing his home state of Texas during its power grid collapse to vacation in Cancún.

In response to Cruz’s attack, AOC suggested Mexico avoid allowing Cruz in the next time he attempts to vacation there. She also called on him to resign from office for his attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“Ted, this is pretty rich coming from someone who fled their own home (and responsibilities) during an environmental crisis to cross the border and seek refuge in Mexico,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Also you funded cages, expanded cages, and yet you’re complaining about cages. You have no policy, just puff.”

Ocasio-Cortez accused Republicans of hypocritically attacking the current administration’s detention of migrant children at the border after they supported President Donald Trump’s policy of separating migrant parents from their children.

Currently, Democrats like AOC are calling on Biden to impliment more liberal immigration policies.

Republicans have strongly expressed their dislike for the recent rise in migrants which has come as a result of Biden’s reversal of Trump’s most rigid border policies.

AOC is currently a co-sponsor of the Roadmap to Freedom resolution. The resolution calls on the Federal Government to develop and implement a Roadmap to Freedom “in order to overhaul the outdated immigration system in the United States that has gone without significant reform for decades, and to relieve the great human impact an unjust system bears on communities around the country.”

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An Alleged Rapist Is Running For Governor In Mexico And Still Has The Support Of President AMLO

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An Alleged Rapist Is Running For Governor In Mexico And Still Has The Support Of President AMLO

For years, Mexicans have been taking to the streets to denounce violence against women and to demand accountability from their leaders. However, much of that messaging doesn’t seem to have reached the very top as President Andres Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) continues to support a candidate for governor facing multiple allegations of sexual assault.

A candidate for governor faces multiple sexual assault allegations and still enjoys widespread support.

Félix Salgado Macedonio, a federal senator (currently on leave) is accused of sexually assaulting five women and yet is still in the running for governor of Guerrero.

Despite the accusations he faces, 64-year-old Salgado, has maintained the support of President AMLO, who has claimed that the allegations are politically motivated, and other high-ranking party officials including national party president Mario Delgado. He was considered the frontrunner in the election for governor.

AMLO came to the candidates defense, calling on people to stop politicking and avoid “media lynchings” and asserting that people should trust the party process that was used to select Salgado as candidate.

“We have to have confidence in the people, it’s the people who decide. If polls are taken and and the people say ‘I agree with this colleague [being candidate],’ I think that must be respected. Politics is a matter for everyone, not just the elites,” López Obrador said.

The MORENA party has committed to reselecting its candidate for governor but Salgado is still in the running.

Officials from the MORENA party announced that they would conduct a new selection process to find a contender for the June 6 election. The party’s honesty and justice commission said its members had voted unanimously to order a repeat of the selection process.

While the honesty and justice commission has ordered a new candidate selection process, Salgado was not precluded from participating in it. He indicated in a social media post on Friday night that he planned to seek the party’s backing for a second time.

“Cheer up colleagues! There is [still fight in the] bull,” Salgado wrote on Facebook.

Activists continue to fight back against his candidacy and the president’s support for an alleged rapist.

Women have protested in Mexico City and Guerrero state capital Chilpancingo and the hashtag #NingúnVioladorSeráGobernador (No Rapist Will be Governor) has been used countless times on Twitter.

Yolitzin Jaimes, a member of the feminist collective Las Revueltas, said the withdrawal of Salgado’s candidacy is a positive first step but urged the authorities to continue investigating the rape allegations.

“… He has to go to jail, … he mustn’t return to the Senate and he mustn’t be nominated [for governor] by any political party because … it’s very probable that he’s seeking to go to the Labor Party [a Morena ally],” she said.

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