Her Mother Was Deported, But This 14-Year-Old Refuses To Give Up

“I’m here and I’m going to keep on fighting.”

The daughter of Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, who was deported Thursday after a routine check-in at the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Pheonix, fought back tears while pleading her mother's case just hours after she was forced to return to Nogales, Mexico. 

"No one should ever go through the pain of having their mom taken away from them or the pain of packing her suitcase," Jacqueline, 14, said. "No one should be packing their mother's suitcase."

Jacqueline's mother had lived in the U.S. as an undocumented worker for almost 20 years. According to CNN, she was first arrested in a workplace raid in 2008 and, while not initially deported, was required to report to immigration on a regular basis. Her deportation is a marked change to how the White House handled immigration cases under the Obama administration.


"To me it's sad, seeing what this world has come to, seeing that this world has so much hate in it," Jacqueline said. "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." 

Jacqueline and her brother, Angel, were both born in the U.S., so were able to temporarily reunite with their mother over the weekend in Mexico. But, except for one thing, what's next for their family remains unclear.

"I'm here and I'm going to keep on fighting," Jacqueline said. "I'm going to keep on fighting for my mom and for the other families that are going through the same thing."

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(H/T: Huffington Post)

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