Arizona ‘Dreamer’ arrested during Phoenix protests is released from ICE custody after community outcry – By Dianna M. Náñez and Uriel J. Garcia (Arizona Republic) / June 1 2020
Máxima Guerrero stepped outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office in Phoenix and silenced chants from protesters calling for her release.
The crowd saw Guerrero needed a moment. She buried her head and face into the shoulder of a friend who had been leading protesters in calls over a bullhorn: Free Max!
For what seemed longer than a minute and a half, given the fear and outcry for the past 24 hours, the two friends wept. So did others in the crowd.
A community organizer with Puente Human Rights Movement and recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Guerrero was in her vehicle leaving Saturday’s protest in Phoenix with a group of legal observers when police arrested her.
After watching George Floyd die as a police officer knelt on his neck until he stopped breathing. After watching protests and civil uprisings spread across Arizona and the country. After watching thousands of arrests nationwide, for many protesters standing in the Arizona heat outside the immigration office, Guerrero’s freedom was the first relief in days.