On Thursday morning, Guadalupe “Lupita” Garcia de Rayos, after living in the U.S. for 21 years, became one of the first people deported under Trump’s executive orders on immigration.
In a 2008 immigration raid at the water park where she worked, Lupita was arrested for using a forged social security number to gain employment. After spending months in a county jail and then an immigration center, she was ordered to be deported back to Mexico, however federal authorities under the Obama administration decided not to act on her deportation, which effectively put her case on hold. As a result of her arrest, she was required to check in annually at her local federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement office for a case review. For the past eight years these meetings have been generally brief, but this changed on Wednesday when she was arrested, and held in ICE’s custody until early Thursday morning when she was deported.