A mother of two children, both U.S. citizens, was deported to Mexico early Thursday, her lawyer said, showing a change in U.S. policy toward undocumented immigrants.
Ray Ybarra Maldonado said the undocumented woman was taken into custody Wednesday in Phoenix, Arizona, when she stopped in for a routine check at a U.S. immigration office.
“I was informed by the Mexican Consulate that my client was deported from the country,” Maldonado said.
Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, 36, had checked in with U.S. immigration authorities every year since 2008, when she was stopped for using a fake Social Security number during a raid on a water park where she worked. In past visits, she answered questions that were put to her and went home.
But when Rayos went in for her meeting Wednesday, she was arrested and deportation proceedings were begun. She had lived in the U.S. for more than 22 years.
During a news conference, Maldonado said he had filed a stay of deportation on Wednesday.