Chelsea Clinton Calls Arrest of Undocumented Immigrant With 6 Prior Deportations ‘Horrifying’

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• February 16, 2017 4:17 pm


Chelsea Clinton took to Twitter on Wednesday night to air her opinion on the detainment of an undocumented immigrant who has already been deported six times, calling the woman's arrest "unconscionably terrible."

The undocumented woman, who is also a convicted criminal, was arrested last week while she was at a Texas courthouse receiving a protective order after filing abuse allegations against her boyfriend, the El Paso Times reported Wednesday.

The woman was detained after a criminal complaint was filed on Feb. 9 that indicated she had previously been deported from the United States.

Clinton wrote she needed a thesaurus to explain how horrified she was by the arrest.

"I need a thesaurus. What's another word for horrifying? Sick? Awful? Running out of adjectives these days that mean unconscionably terrible," she wrote on Twitter.

The undocumented immigrant in question was identified as Irvin Gonzalez, also known as Ervin Gonzalez, a transgender woman who was staying at the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence in El Paso, Texas. She has been deported six times since 2010 after arrests for various crimes including possession of stolen mail, false imprisonment, and assault, according to the criminal complaint filed by U.S. immigration officials.

El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal told the El Paso Times she is worried that undocumented immigrant suffering from abuse will now be afraid to come forward out of fear of being deported. Gonzalez was allegedly abused by her live-in boyfriend, Mario Alberto De Avila, who is currently in jail on a charge of forgery of a financial document.

It is unclear whether Gonzalez sought to become a U.S. citizen.

Clinton did not discuss in her tweet what she thinks about her father's past tough comments on immigration, Twitchy noted.

In January 1995, then-President Bill Clinton said his administration was working towards "deporting twice as many illegal aliens," "hiring a record number of new border guards," and "cracking down on illegal hiring."

Clinton also said he would prioritize deporting undocumented immigrants arrested for crimes, adding that undocumented immigrants pose "an abuse of immigration laws."