ICE Frees Puente Member Arrested By Phoenix Police, Immigration Case Still Pending

By Matthew Casey
Published: Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 7:32am

Maxima Guerrero
Sandra Castro Solis
Maxima Guerrero is youth director of the Puente Human Rights Movement.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released a high-ranking member of a local activist group who was arrested by Phoenix police over the weekend, but the government may still try to deport her.

Maxima Guerrero is the youth director of Puente Human Rights Movement, she has protection from deportation under an Obama-era program, and was a legal observer during Saturday night’s Phoenix protest, said Sandra Castro Solis, community organizer for Puente.

“She was there watching, monitoring. And wasn’t wearing any political shirt, wasn’t holding any sign. And she was just there recording,” said Castro Solis.

Castro Solis said officers contacted Guerrero after she went back to her car.

A Phoenix Police Department spokesperson said the arrest happened at about 2:30 a.m., but did not say why.

ICE said unspecified criminal charges are still pending, Guerrero was put in an alternative to detention program, and her immigration case is unresolved.

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