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✡️Josh Shahryar ☪ Feb 10
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 ☪ Feb 10
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 ☪ Feb 10
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 ☪ Feb 10
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 ☪ Feb 10
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 ☪ Feb 10
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 ☪ Feb 10
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 ☪ Feb 10
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 ☪ Feb 10
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 ☪ Feb 10
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 ☪ Feb 10
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 ☪ Feb 10
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 ☪ Feb 10
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 ☪ Feb 10
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 ☪ Feb 10
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 ☪ Feb 10
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 ☪ Feb 10
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 ☪ Feb 10
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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ColdFusionPetty Feb 10
So Guadalupe is illegal and we should advocate her entering the US by shady means? I'm confused.
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