A survivor of the 2019 mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, Walmart, who helped law enforcement officers witness the fatal attack that killed 22 people, was deported after a traffic obstruction, her lawyers said.
The woman, identified as Rosa only to protect her identity, was arrested Wednesday for two pending traffic quotes from 2015. The immigration and customs authorities then deported them to Mexico on Friday, reported the KTSM El Paso train station.
Her deportation was announced on Saturday by the Diocesan Migrants and Refugee Services, which identify themselves as a legal aid clinic for low-income immigrants for both immigrants and refugees. It required her return immediately.
Texas state police cars can be seen at El Paso Walmart, where a gunman opened fire on August 3, 2019, killing 22 people.
“Rosa is a key witness in the alleged shooter case and came out of the shadows to work together [with] Prosecution over what she saw, “said the legal aid clinic in a Facebook post.
Rosa was outside the Walmart store with her sister when they saw the gunman identified by authorities as Patrick Crusius start shooting people upon entering the store. Her collaboration with law enforcement resulted in her receiving a certificate from the El Paso prosecutor stating that she was helpful in the investigation. That certification enabled Rosa to apply for a U protection visa, which she was doing, Anna Hey, attorney and assistant director of the diocese’s migrant and refugee services, told BuzzFeed News.
“Some of the information that she has not yet verified by other witnesses is very important. Regardless of the information she has, creating the case is important. This is another problem why they decided to remove them from the country. Hey, said KTSM.
Crusius allegedly posted a manifest against immigrants online prior to the attack, telling police that he was cracking down on Mexicans. He has been charged with capital murder and has pleaded not guilty.
An ICE representative did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment on Sunday.
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