RayBorn in the small border town of Douglas, AZ, Ray Ybarra Maldonado is a Stanford educated attorney who took a two-year leave from his studies to directly intervene in the vigilante movement that was starting in Arizona. While working for the American Civil Liberties Union, Ybarra Maldonado was instrumental in starting a major civil rights lawsuit against one of the vigilantes and trained hundreds of volunteers and spent months following the Minutemen as they patrolled the U.S.-Mexico Border.

He co-wrote and co-produced the award winning documentary, Rights on the Line: Vigilantes at the Border and he has been quoted frequently in the national and international media on the topic of immigrants’ rights and the vigilantes… read more


Born on the Border

  • “In his first book, Born on the Border, he has constructed a particularly fascinating tale. Part autobiography, part journalistic expose, part political call to arms, it is one of the finest books I’ve read all year.”
  • “This book is a very real story by someone who actually experienced it… a moving story that I have read twice. Compelling, compassionate and would recommend it highly.”
  • “Ray Ybarra Maldonado knows what he is writing about because he lives it. Body, mind and soul he is immersed in the Mexico- US border realities (and, importantly, non-realities and surrealities) and conveys this understanding with clarity. Whether you love or fear the Border, whether you care more about immigrant families or border security, you need to read Ray’s book. Essential.”
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In the News

February 10, 2017

‘I did it for love,’ says mother deported in Arizona immigration case

“Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos went to Mass and said a prayer before her immigration check-in Wednesday in Phoenix. It was her eighth visit since her 2008 arrest and conviction for using a fake Social Security number. After each meeting, the married mother of two was released and went back to her family. This time was different. . . .” read more

USA: Mexican Mother Deported Under Trump Crackdown

Enforcing the Trump administration’s crackdown on immigration from Mexico, US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has been visiting federal facilities on the southern border. The retired Marine General will oversee construction of Trump’s much-talked about border wall. In the meantime, at the Nogales crossing between the two countries, a young mother was among the first to be deported under new measures. . . .” read more

PRI: Attorney says woman deported from Phoenix might have had her conviction overturned

Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos’ deportation to Mexico from Arizona this week was the last chapter of a long nightmare for her family. It began in 2008 with a knock on the door by sheriff’s officers. The day of that raid was still fresh in the memory of her 16-year-old son, who spoke Wednesday minutes before his mother went inside the Phoenix Immigrations and Customs Enforcement office for an annual check-in with federal authorities. . . .” read more

An Arizona family shattered by deportation vows to stay united

“NOGALES, Sonora – On a routine Friday morning, Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos would make breakfast for her teenage children, kiss them goodbye and send them off to school. Then she would leave their Mesa home and head to work at Golfland Sunsplash. But on this Friday morning, Garcia de Rayos was in her native Mexico for the first time in almost 20 years. And instead of preparing breakfast for Jackie, 14, and Angel, 16, the three were surveying the menu at a Nogales hotel restaurant. . . .” read more