Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, 36, was detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after she reported to an annual check-in early on Wednesday (8 February). Relevant databases indicate Ms. Garcia De Rayos has a prior felony conviction dating from March 2009 for criminal impersonation. But in 2008, she and several other employees who worked at a water park in Mesa, Arizona were arrested on suspicion of identity theft and using forged documents in order to gain employment.

After Garcia de Rayos was deported, her two children drove to Mexico to reunite with her.

It stipulates that any undocumented immigrants convicted of a criminal offence get priority for deportation.

That changed when she appeared for a check-in on Wednesday, as activists and supporters rallied outside the ICE office.

"Rather than tracking down violent criminals and drug dealers, ICE is spending its energy deporting a woman with two American children who has lived here for more than two decades and poses a threat to nobody", he said.

Mexican nationals in the USA now face a "new reality", authorities warned in a statement. When Human Rights Watch and Platon went to Arizona in 2013, we met and photographed her children, Jacqueline and Angel, just days after she won that stay.

"We're living in a new era now, an era of war on immigrants", Ms de Rayos's lawyer, Ray A Ybarra Maldonado told the New York Times. Protests are already quickly building up around GarcĂ­a de Rayos's case - and that's something that previously led Obama's team to call individual ICE offices to tell them to cut it out.

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Police said via Twitter that they had made "about 7 arrests" without force. It's the first public sign in Arizona of President Donald Trump's executive order expanding his priorities for deportation. Since she didn't meet these criteria, she was seemingly spared - even though a judge issued a deportation order against her in 2013.

Activists said it was not immediately clear if she had been moved out of the centre later on, after some vehicles were seen leaving the grounds via another exit.

The Mexican government said in a statement on Thursday that Garcia de Rayos' deportation is the "new reality" immigrants face in the United States.

Following her detention and deportation order, protests erupted in Phoenix and demanded her release.

The statement said the case "illustrates a new reality for the Mexican community living in the United States, facing the most severe implementation of immigration control measures". Accompanied by protesters who anxious that she would be detained because of the new executive order, Ybarra Maldonado accompanied her into the ICE field office.

Maldonado disagrees with Trump's new executive order, calling it a "complete sham". It includes people in the US illegally who "have been convicted of any criminal offense", "have been charged with any criminal offense", "have committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense" or "are subject to a final order of removal", among other criteria.

ICE on Thursday confirmed the deportation by saying Garcia de Rayos was "removed" to Mexico shortly before 10 a.m.


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