Police have made several arrests as protesters blocked vans from leaving a U.S. immigration office in Phoenix late Wednesday, fearing that a mother of two on board was possibly headed for deportation.
The protest surged at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility after Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos was taken into custody during a routine check-in with the agency.
Fearing her deportation, dozens of immigration activists blocked the gates surrounding the office near central Phoenix in an apparent effort to stop several vans and a bus from leaving.
Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos is locked in a van that is stopped in the street by protesters outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility late on Wednesday in Phoenix
Garcia de Rayos apparently was in one of the vehicles, which are used to transport people in ICE custody to detention centers, or to Arizona's border with Mexico for deportation.
Police officers amassed at the facility as protesters continued to block access, chanting 'Justice!' and 'Power to the people, no one is illegal!'
Police posted on Twitter that they arrested about seven protesters, but they added that most of the protesters were peaceful.
'Besides the few people engaged in criminal acts, most people out here are peaceful and exercising their rights properly,' police said. 'Everyone remains safe so far. Hoping for continued cooperation and no more criminal conduct.'
Protesters took to Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters Wednesday to block the deportation of a Mesa mom who was ordered deported during an immigration check-in
The activists said it was an attempt by President Donald Trump's administration to deport undocumented immigrants who had previously not been a priority for deportation under the Obama administration.
Her arrest came just days after the Trump administration broadened regulations under which some people will be deported.
'We're living in a new era now, an era of war on immigrants,' Ms. Rayos's lawyer, Ray A. Ybarra Maldonado, said after leaving the building that houses the federal immigration agency.
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