Federal immigration agents arrested an undocumented transgender woman last week as she sought a protective order against an allegedly abusive partner, the El Paso Times reports.
While the documents do not state who tipped off federal agents, they do reveal that on February 2 someone told authorities that the woman - who had previously been deported six times and arrested for stolen mail - was living at a domestic violence shelter and had filed a protective order against De Avila.
"While leaving the courtroom our client was arrested, taken into custody, by ICE agents from the courtroom", attorney Jo Anne Bernal told local KIVA news.
Bernal was not aware of the complaint, filed by USA immigration officials, when she spoke about the arrest earlier in the day. The information received stated that Gonzalez was staying at the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence.
An undocumented woman has been picked up by immigration agents after she had obtained a protective order against her partner alleging that she was a victim of domestic violence. He said a domestic violence victim's legal status should not matter when they're reporting a crime or offering testimony.
As Gonzales left she was arrested - and there are two separate stories of how it happened.
After Donald Trump's election, some anti-domestic violence advocates started wondering if it's a good idea to tell undocumented immigrants to turn to law enforcement, McLaughlin and immigration attorney Laura Polstein said, and this arrest only inflames those worries.
NewsFix caught up with the officers of ICE as they entered the El Paso courthouse where they tracked a transgender woman, Irvin Gonzalez.
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Zamarripa said Gonzalez has been deported six times from the United States, and has been convicted of false imprisonment, assault, larceny, domestic violence and illegal re-entry.
Almost 700 people were detained last week in a series of Ice operations in cities from Los Angeles to NY, homeland security secretary John Kelly said in a statement on Monday. She says the agents received a tip that the woman would be in court that day.
Bernal said the footage is clear from the security cameras.
According to Ice's criminal complaint, reported by the El Paso Times, the woman is a Mexican citizen who has been deported repeatedly and has a criminal history.
She said she can not provide the survivors with assurance that this incident was a one-off, though she is telling them that the center and county officials will do "everything in our powers" to make sure they are safe and protected.
'This is a situation which has never happened before in the courthouse and we were all pretty stunned and we are hoping this isolated incident never happens again.
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said that more than 680 immigrants were arrested in a "targeted enforcement operations" across several cities in the USA, from Los Angeles to Chicago to New York City, reports Politico. They're always afraid to come forward because their entire life has reaffirmed that they should fear authority, that they should fear men, and they don't have rights.