Cal State L.A. Student, Activist Detained by Immigration Officials Less Than a Month After Her Mother

A 22-year-old immigration activist and college student was detained by Border Patrol agents Thursday, sparking claims that she was targeted in retaliation for protesting the arrest of her mother, who was swept up by federal agents during a massive cocaine bust last month.

Claudia Rueda was taken into custody while she was moving her family’s car outside their Boyle Heights home Thursday morning, according to her attorney, Monika Langarica.

Langarica said Rueda was being held at a federal detention facility near San Diego late Thursday night.

“She was moving the car because of street sweeping,” Langarica said. “Before she got out of the car, three vehicles pulled up.”

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