On Friday, Judge Annie S. Garcy released Cal State Los Angeles student, Claudia Rueda, on her own recognizance following her arrest and detention outside of San Diego. Judge Garcy proclaimed her lengthy detention “unduly severe” and swiftly denied the prosecutor’s recommendation for an ankle monitor.
Although Rueda and six others were taken in under the guise of drug trafficking suspicion, all seven were subsequently arrested for their undocumented status. Before her arrest, Rueda had been heavily involved in immigration activism and protesting the arrest of her mother under similar charges. Many believe that Rueda’s arrest was a form of retaliation against her outspoken activism, sparking intense protest and campaigning from the local community and beyond.
Claudia Rueda has spent most of her life in the United States and is eligible to apply for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The attorneys working with her are helping her fill out the application and are continuing to urge the federal authorities to drop the charges against Rueda.
Our Verdict: Across the country arrests of undocumented immigrants with no criminal records continue to occur. Using “suspicion for another crime” as a ploy to later arrest due to immigration status is duplicitous and unethical. It is important to remain vigilant about these false pretenses and it is good to see the powerful protest that occurred on Rueda’s behalf.