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Judge orders the release of immigration rights activist Claudia Rueda

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On Friday, June 9, an immigration judge in a San Diego courtroom ordered the release of Claudia Rueda, a Cal State LA student who was picked up by immigration enforcement in Boyle Heights on Thursday, May 19. Judge Annie S. Garcy granted her release calling Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s decision to hold her [Claudia Rueda] without bond “unduly severe.” Despite the judge’s order to release Rueda on her own recognizance, she still faces the possibility of deportation.

Claudia is the daughter of 54 -year- old Teresa Vidal-Jaime, who was detained in a drug raid on April 24. Rueda’s friends and fellow activists believe she was detained because of recent protests she led asking for the freedom of her mother. According to an article in the New York Times, Claudia plans on applying to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a program started during Barack Obama’s presidency, which, according to their website, aims to grant certain individuals who came to the United States as children deferred action. While the program does not grant lawful status, it could defer removal action against an individual for a certain amount of time.

In a statement to the University Times, President William A. Covino said, “We are very pleased that the judge has ordered her release and look forward to her resuming her studies at Cal State LA.” The Division of Student Life will assist Claudia Rueda in making up any course requirements that were interrupted due to her detention. They will also provide as much assistance possible to ensure Rueda has a smooth transition back to campus.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said that it will honor the decision by the immigration judge and hear any addition requests by Rueda’s attorney, Monika Langarica. According to the New York Times, ICE has detained more than 41,000 individuals on immigration charges, which is an increase of almost 40% from this time last year.

Rueda is expected to be released by Monday.

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