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Cal State Student, an Activist, Detained

May 23, 2017
 
 

A California State University, Los Angeles, student and immigration activist was detained Thursday by federal immigration authorities in what some see as retaliation for her protesting the arrest of her mother, the Los Angeles Times reported. Federal authorities said Claudia Rueda was one of seven people arrested as part of an investigation into “a cross-border narcotics smuggling operation,” but that all seven had been arrested for suspected immigration violations, not drug-related offenses.

Some faculty and students at CSU Los Angeles are rallying to Rueda’s defense. In a separate article, the Los Angeles Times reported that about a dozen supporters – including students, activists and professors -- held a silent rally in support of Rueda on Saturday, the day of the university’s commencement. The California Faculty Association on Monday issued a statement in which it expressed its dismay at Rueda’s detention -- which it said had "spread trauma and fear across our campus" -- and urged the university system to take action. A spokesman for CSU Los Angeles, Robert Lopez, confirmed that one of the university’s students has been detained by immigration authorities and said that President William A. Covino and other senior university administrators “have been in communication with members of Congress and government agencies seeking assistance for our student.”

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