Mexico Warns Immigrants About Deportations

February 12, 2017 Updated: February 12, 2017
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The Mexican government says the deportation of a Phoenix mother who had been living in the country illegally but has American-born children is the “new reality” immigrants face.

Mexico’s foreign relations department said in a statement on Thursday that the removal of Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos is an example of more severe immigration enforcement, AP reported.

The Secretariat of Foreign Affairs called on its its citizens to “stay informed about immigration matters”‘ and keep in touch with the extensive Mexican consular network inside the U.S., according to a statement.

Garcia de Rayos was deported to Mexico on Thursday after being granted leniency by President Barack Obama’s administration policies that aimed to target violent criminals or people who pose a threat to national security.

She pleaded guilty in March 2009 to criminal impersonation after being arrested following workplace immigration raids by then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

The Mexican Foreign Ministry statement added, “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.”

Department of Homeland Security chief John Kelly commented on the latest immigration actions, denying that it was a “round-up.”

“They’re not rounding anyone up,” Kelly said in San Diego. “The people that ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) apprehend are people who are illegal, and then some.”

There are about 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States, about half of whom are from Mexico.

Associated Press contributed to this report.