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Judge Strips Green Card And Orders Deportation of Activist

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Originally posted @ magavoter.com

Alejandra Pablos, a woman who made a name for herself as a pro-abortion and illegal immigrant rights activist is set to be deported.

This comes after Pablos’ immigration status was put into question as a result of several criminal convictions from 2005 to 2010.

These include a DUI, endangerment, aggravated DUI and solicitation to possess a dangerous drug.

Pablos is appealing the decision.

Tuscon.com reported that a federal judge in Tucson on Tuesday ordered the deportation of Alejandra Pablos, a well-known immigration and reproductive rights activist.

Pablos, 33, feared she would be targeted for persecution in Mexico, where abortion is largely illegal and activists she knows have received death threats.

Liberals are attempting to get the decision revoked by appealing to Republican Governor Ducey.

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From azcentral.com

A federal judge in Tucson ordered the deportation of Alejandra Pablos, a well-known immigration and reproductive rights activist.

Speaking to a courtroom packed with Pablos’ supporters on Tuesday, immigration Judge Thomas Michael O’Leary denied Pablos’ asylum request and ordered her removed from the United States, the Arizona Daily Star reported.

Pablos said she plans to appeal the decision.

Pablos, 33, feared she would be targeted for persecution in Mexico, where abortion is largely illegal and activists she knows have received death threats.

“If I see injustices, I’m going to speak out against them,” she testified at the hearing Tuesday.

She testified she was born in Nogales, Sonora, but was brought to the United States as a baby and eventually became a legal permanent resident.

“I’ve been living here since I was a baby, and Arizona is the place where I’ve grown up and learned how to fight for our rights,” Pablos, who is not in custody, said in a news release after the hearing.

“I will continue to fight for my right to stay here, to speak out about my story. This is not the end of our fight,” she said.

Pablos’ immigration status was put into question as a result of several criminal convictions from 2005 to 2010, including a DUI, endangerment, aggravated DUI and solicitation to possess a dangerous drug.

Pablos told O’Leary the offenses came during a turbulent time in her life that involved changing schools, the suicide of her best friend’s brother and falling in with a bad crowd. Pablos said she wished she could “take it all back.”

After serving two years in a detention center in Eloy and seeing women in far worse circumstances, she said she underwent a “complete transformation” and started her political activism.

O’Leary disagreed, saying, “For right now, her past haunts her.”

Pablos has not reformed and her criminal record is “deserved,” O’Leary said.

He acknowledged Pablos was a “public figure” and “never truly lived in Mexico,” but he denied her asylum claim as well as her request made under an international convention against torture.

O’Leary said activists for reproductive rights in Mexico are not an established group in need of protection under the asylum statute. O’Leary also said he found “no clear indication” that Pablos would face persecution in Mexico for her political activism.

Pablos’ case is known across the country, particularly after she was arrested in January during a protest at a U.S. Department of Homeland Security building in Virginia.

“It was a peaceful protest,” she told O’Leary. “I was leading chants and I was the only one arrested.”

Two months later, Pablos was detained during a routine check-in with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Pablos was detained at an immigration detention center in Eloy for 43 days. An online petition for her release was signed by nearly 24,500 people.

Pursuant to an immigration judge’s bond order, Pablos was released from ICE custody in April, according to ICE spokeswoman Yasmeen Pitts O’Keefe.

Pablos said the misdemeanor charges of trespassing and obstructing justice from the Virginia protest were dismissed.

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