Educators: Write letters to #FreeClaudia, a Cal State LA student detained by ICE

UPDATE JUNE 12: Rueda was released Friday but still faces a deportation hearing in the future. Calls and letters still needed.

Two weeks ago, 22-year-old Cal State LA student Claudia Rueda was arrested near her home in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of East Los Angeles. She is being held at Otay Mesa Detention Center. #FreeClaudia

Claudia is an immigrant rights activist who came to the U.S. as a young child. When her mother was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, she worked successfully to get her released. Claudia’s attorney told the Los Angeles Times this latest detention is retaliation.

In a follow-up article, the Times reported: “Her mother’s job at a local bakery paid her tuition. Rueda’s attorney said she was eligible for protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but hadn’t been able to pay for her application.”

Now educators are being asked to send letters to ICE calling for Claudia’s release.

There is also a petition to circulate, and information on phone calls and other ways that advocates of immigrant rights can help on Twitter at #FreeClaudia

View CFA’s statement on the detention of Claudia Rueda