In a rally following the deportation of Guadalupe García de Rayos, considered the first woman to be expelled under President Donald Trump's executive order, her 14-year-old daughter gave an emotional speech showing the human pain resulting from the controversial policy.
“To me it’s sad, seeing what this world has come to, seeing that this world has so much hate in it, especially since the new president that we have now,” said 14-year-old Jacqueline Rayos García, a U.S. citizen. “Seeing my mom in that van, it was unexplainable. It was really heart dropping. My mom is a really kind person, she would never hurt anyone. Everyone loves her, she’d treat everyone as if she were family. She has a really big heart.”
García de Rayos was born in Mexico but came to the U.S. at age 14. The woman was just a few months too old to qualify for President Barack Obama's DACA, forcing her to work with another name and social security, which landed her a felony charge in 2009. As part of her case, she had to report to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement every six months in Phoenix, Arizona. However, where previous check-ins involved a few recurring questions, this one resulted in her deportation. Now in Mexico, she told reporters there that her treatment made her feel "like a criminal," similar to drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
“I think it’s unfair that they just took her away just because she was working in order to support us,” Jacqueline said of her mother, holding back tears. “And no one, no one should ever go through the pain of having their mom taken away from them, or the pain of packing her suitcase. No one should go through their mother’s clothes saying ‘Oh is she going to need this, oh she’s gonna need that.’ Nobody should be packing their mother’s suitcase.”
The teen said she wouldn’t be backing down from the battle to bring her mother back home to Arizona.
“I’m here and I’m going to keep on fighting,” she said. “I’m going to keep on fighting for my mom and for the other families that are going through the same thing.”