Phoenix, Arizona, Protesters Fear Mom's Deportation After 21 Years

Yasmeen Pitts O'Keefe, a spokeswoman for ICE, has not responded to PEOPLE's request for comment but told the newspaper in a statement that Garcia de Rayos "is now being detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement based on a removal order issued by the Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review" in May 2013.

After she was caught using a fake Social Security number during a raid in 2008 at a water park where she worked, she had been required to attend an annual meeting with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

But when she showed up at the immigration office Wednesday, she was taken into custody. An immigration attorney later told the crowd outside that Garcia de Rayos had been arrested.

Rayos arrived in the United States 21 years ago and made a life for herself, having two children in the process.

"It's extremely disappointing to walk in with a handsome loving and caring human being like Guadalupe and not be able to walk out with her", Maldonado said.

The protesters said they initially succeeded in stopping the vehicles from leaving, but said they later left the grounds by another exit.

Police said seven people had been arrested "without force" but that most of the protesters were "peaceful and exercising their rights properly". No one should go through their mother's clothes, seeing, "Oh is she going to need this?"

Her lawyer, Ray Ybarra Maldonado, said the action against his client could push immigrants deeper into the shadows and to avoid checking in with authorities like Garcia de Rayos always did.

A mother of two in Arizona may be permanently separated from her children thanks to President Donald Trump's executive order on deportation.

"The only thing that my mother has done is work", her daughter said holding back tears.

Rabin said that the executive order makes it seem like President Trump and his administration "wants to go after everyone with equal fervor".

At the ICE facility in Phoenix, protesters gathered and formed a ring in an attempt to block a convoy of vans. (Arpaio's workplace raids have been challenged in court as unconstitutional; the case is ongoing.) In 2009, she was convicted of possessing false papers.

Kansas Secretary of State and former Trump advisor Kris Kobach is also promising to extend Trump's executive order to the state level, and introduced a bill empowering state and municipal law enforcement to enforce federal immigration laws and deport undocumented immigrants. 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.

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