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✡️ Josh Shahryar ☪️ 10 Feb 17
Let me tell you something about Guadalupe Garcia's deportation that you don't know - what happens to deportees in Nogales, Mexico.
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✡️ Josh Shahryar ☪️
As someone who was arrested by ICE after my visa ran out in 2009: let's begin with the fact that ICE agents are liars. Straight up liars.
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✡️ Josh Shahryar ☪️ 10 Feb 17
Replying to @JShahryar
I was told that I'd be taken to their offices in Sacramento, CA (where I lived), and I'd be held in custody until I lawyered up & made bail.
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✡️ Josh Shahryar ☪️ 10 Feb 17
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I had a spotless record, and I was applying for asylum, so I should have been released on bail. YET, ICE didn't wait for us to get a lawyer.
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✡️ Josh Shahryar ☪️ 10 Feb 17
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Within a couple of hours, I was handcuffed again, and shackled - yes, SHACKLED - and put in a van. I wasn't allowed to call my family etc.
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✡️ Josh Shahryar ☪️ 10 Feb 17
Replying to @JShahryar
This happens to a lot of immigrants when ICE intervenes. You are lied to. Information is withheld from you and your family.
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✡️ Josh Shahryar ☪️ 10 Feb 17
Replying to @JShahryar
Guadalupe Garcia was legitimately afraid of ICE taking quick action. It's how they do it. They keep you in the dark about things.
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✡️ Josh Shahryar ☪️ 10 Feb 17
Replying to @JShahryar
Anyway, I was cuffed, shackled on a plane to... Arizona. But instead of being in federal custody, I was in a PRIVATE prison the for 2 months
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✡️ Josh Shahryar ☪️ 10 Feb 17
Replying to @JShahryar
And I wasn't locked up alone. There were hundreds of undocumented immigrants, as well as legal aliens who had committed violent crime.
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✡️ Josh Shahryar ☪️ 10 Feb 17
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Guadalupe is lucky, she has lawyers. Some supporters. Her family speaks English and has many members. Many others aren't.
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✡️ Josh Shahryar ☪️ 10 Feb 17
Replying to @JShahryar
Many undocumented immigrants that I encountered didn't know much about their rights even though they'd been here for years.
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✡️ Josh Shahryar ☪️ 10 Feb 17
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Worse still, many had children and wives. I was in the male section, so I obviously didn't interact with women, but their stories were ...
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✡️ Josh Shahryar ☪️ 10 Feb 17
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One undocumented immigrant opened his door, only for ICE agents to grab and cuff him in front of his children, under the age of 10.
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✡️ Josh Shahryar ☪️ 10 Feb 17
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Another guy was the sole provider of an elderly mother and a young sister. A hard-working kid. With an anglo gf. There for months.
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✡️ Josh Shahryar ☪️ 10 Feb 17
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But that's another story. I'll tell theirs another day. Let me tell you about Nogales, Mexico where Guadalupe was deported.
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✡️ Josh Shahryar ☪️ 10 Feb 17
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As hundreds of thousands of Central and South American refugees came to the US via Mexico, a violent industry has developed to exploit them
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✡️ Josh Shahryar ☪️ 10 Feb 17
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But it's not just the industry of people smugglers, no. It's violent armed gangs throughout the route, intent on looting refugees.
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✡️ Josh Shahryar ☪️ 10 Feb 17
Replying to @SLNazario
If you get a chance, read the story of Enrique in 's book "Enrique's Journey"... You will be shocked and horrified to the core.
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✡️ Josh Shahryar ☪️ 10 Feb 17
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But as hard as it is for the refugees to get to America via Mexico, dogding these criminals, it's also hard on the border.
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✡️ Josh Shahryar ☪️ 10 Feb 17
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See, these criminals who prey on deported undocumented immigrants, KNOW exactly where the deportees will be dropped. And where they'll go.
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✡️ Josh Shahryar ☪️ 10 Feb 17
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And many of these deportees are quickly picked up and then dropped on the other side of the border if they are Mexicans. Within days.
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✡️ Josh Shahryar ☪️ 10 Feb 17
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A lot of them come from southern Mexican, states like Chiapas, Oaxaca and Tabasco. They know few people up north.
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✡️ Josh Shahryar ☪️ 10 Feb 17
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Sort of like imagine someone deporting you from Canada to New York State, and you're actually from Florida. You're in an unfamiliar place.
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✡️ Josh Shahryar ☪️ 10 Feb 17
Replying to @JShahryar
Places like Nogales across the border from Arizona are where you end up. Sometimes in the middle of the night, with nothing but your clothes
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✡️ Josh Shahryar ☪️ 10 Feb 17
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And don't kid yourself. ICE isn't one to show mercy to women and children. Or sick and elderly. Too bad, so sad. NOT their problem.
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✡️ Josh Shahryar ☪️ 10 Feb 17
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Some people will have a little money saved up that they can take with themselves. Or maybe jewelry at best. That's enough to cost you dearly
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✡️ Josh Shahryar ☪️ 10 Feb 17
Replying to @JShahryar
Organizations exist that help deportees across the border - and they have people out, picking them up if they can to safety.
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✡️ Josh Shahryar ☪️ 10 Feb 17
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Guadalupe was lucky - thanks to her high profile case. But not everyone is. Here's an article about the unlucky:
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✡️ Josh Shahryar ☪️ 10 Feb 17
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And the stories. DEAR GOD! The stories I heard from people who had been deported and had returned and were locked up with me were terrifying
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✡️ Josh Shahryar ☪️ 10 Feb 17
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If you got mugged, one guy told me, that was normal. I heard stories of kidnapping for ransom, murder and rape of deportees. All recent.
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✡️ Josh Shahryar ☪️ 10 Feb 17
Replying to @JShahryar
Places like Nogales where young and helpless deportees are dropped are also fertile ground for drug cartels who profit both ways.
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✡️ Josh Shahryar ☪️ 10 Feb 17
Replying to @JShahryar
The cartels use Nogales to both traffic drugs and to violently recruit young deportees to work for them. That's the worst outcome.
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