In the first three weeks of his presidency, Donald Trump has done more harm than good. Between trying to repeal healthcare, nominating unqualified or documented racists to run the most important divisions of our government and the newly blocked travel ban, it appears the presidency has gone from bad to worse for minorities and working-class citizens. In the midst of it all, Trump has managed to make an enemy out of our neighbors in Mexico. As a result, Mexico has warned its citizens that reside in the United States to “take precautions” in regards to deportation.
Mexico’s warning comes in the wake of the deportation of an undocumented 35-year-old mother.
According to CNN, Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos flew into to Phoenix on Wednesday and checked in with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office as part of protocol. However, to her surprise, she was deported the next day, sparking outrage throughout the city.
“This case involving Mrs. Garcia de Rayos illustrates a new reality for the Mexican community living in the United States, facing the most severe implementation of immigration control measures,” Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Mexican delegations “have intensified their work of protecting fellow nationals, foreseeing more severe immigration measures to be implemented by the authorities of this country, and possible violation to constitutional precepts during such operation and problems with due process,” the statement read.
Garcia de Rayos has gone through the immigration routine several times, all of which she has been able to return to her husband and two children. However, this time, she was detained and sent back to Mexico within 24 hours.
While her lawyer believes her deportation was a result of Trump’s immigration ban, officials say her deportation was a direct result of her criminal history. Back in 2008, Garcia de Rayos was arrested and convicted for using a fraudulent Social Security number. Before Thursday, she’s been to the immigration office eight times and subsequently released to her family.
The statement continued, “It is important that fellow nationals familiarize themselves with the different scenarios they might encounter and know where they can go to receive new information and know all their rights.”