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FEATURING MYISHA ARELLANO – A student at California State University Los Angeles was detained by federal immigration authorities last week, prompting a major outcry from her friends and colleagues. Twenty-two year old Claudia Rueda is a well-known immigrant rights activist, whose mother was taken into custody just days earlier as part of a drug-related sweep. Activists are claiming that Rueda’s arrest was in retaliation for her political work.

Over the weekend Rueda’s fellow students held vigils and protested her detention at their commencement ceremony. Under the Trump administration, arrests of immigrants with no criminal convictions have soared.

*CORRECTION: Border Patrol agents, NOT ICE Agents, arrested and detained Rueda.

Find out more about Claudia’s case at

Immigrant Youth Coalition is calling on people to urge ICE San Diego Field Office Director Greg Archambeault to grant Claudia prosecutorial discretion. Archambeault can be reached at (619) 557-6117. The following is a sample script:

“Hi, my name is ________________, and I am a concerned community member calling in support of Claudia Sarahi Rueda Vidal, (A# 213-081-680), a DACA eligible youth, college student and beloved community member from Boyle Heights. Claudia has been a mentor in the community. I call to urge  Director Greg Archambault to grant Claudia prosecutorial discretion and release her immediately to her family and community” *Note- you don’t need to give your full name or phone number.

Myisha Arellano, member of the Immigrant Youth Coalition-San Fernando Valley, former member of Immigrant Youth Coalition-LA where she worked with Claudia Rueda.

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