Press Statement

Deportation of Phoenix Mother of Two U.S. Citizens a Devastating Example of Trump’s Policies of Intolerance

February 9, 2017

Camila Gallardo
(305) 215-4259

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) expressed outrage at the deportation of a Phoenix mother of two U.S.-citizen children. Guadalupe García de Rayos, who goes by Lupita, was brought to the United States from Mexico at age 14, and according to all accounts has been a hardworking, tax-paying mother. Due to President Donald Trump’s executive order issued on January 25, deportation priorities were expanded. As a result, when García de Rayos arrived at her biyearly check-in with immigration authorities, she was forced onto an ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) deportation bus.

“Just weeks into this executive order and we are already seeing the devastating human toll of the president’s actions,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía.

“We are all for keeping our country safe by sending back real criminals, but this is certainly not the case with someone like Lupita, who has played by the rules and contributed to our society,” Murguía continued.

“This action demonstrates the intentional targeting of Latinos, and is in blatant disregard for the well-being of our families. It’s an unfortunate look into the future that awaits many hardworking families in America who contribute positively to this nation every day. We must raise our voices to injustice and not allow good people to be caught up in the politics of intolerance,” Murguía concluded. 

NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to build a stronger America by creating opportunities for Latinos. For more information on NCLR, please visit or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.