Mexico says its citizens in the U.S. should “take precautions” following the deportation of an undocumented mother following a routine meeting with American immigration authorities.
Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, 36, a mother of two, became one of the first undocumented workers removed from the U.S. Thursday under an executive action from President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden says Roe v. Wade under attack like 'never before' On student loans, Biden doesn't have an answer yet Grill company apologizes after sending meatloaf recipe on same day of rock star's death MORE.
“The 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 Affairs Ministry said in a statement Friday, according to CNN.
“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,” it added.
Rayos was taken into custody Wednesday by U.S. immigration agents during a routine check-in at the Phoenix offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
ICE confirmed Rayos’s deportation to Mexico early Thursday, noting her case “underwent review at multiple levels of the immigration court system, including the Board of Immigration Appeals.”
“The judges held she did not have a legal basis to remain in the U.S.,” the agency said of Rayos, who left Mexico at age 14.
The ministry noted that consular officials from Nogales, Ariz., were present Thursday to ensure Rayos’s deportation was performed by “dignified and safe” methods.
Her case attracted national interest in the U.S., as she had routinely checked in with ICE officials for the last eight years.
Officials caught her using a fake Social Security number at her workplace in 2008, and a judge issued a deportation order against her in 2013.
Rayos was not immediately sent back to Mexico, as the Obama administration prioritized removing people deemed to be a threat. She was not seen as a threat, having not committed any serious felony offenses.
But Trump’s recent executive order prioritized deporting undocumented workers who have committed chargeable criminal offenses, including using a fake Social Security number. Her deportation sparked protests late Wednesday in Phoenix.
Mexico's Foreign Affairs Ministry said that its consulates "have intensified their work of protecting fellow nationals, foreseeing more severe immigration measures to be implemented by the authorities of this country."