ICE detains DC-area immigration activist in Arizona

Posted: Updated:
(Source: Alejandra Pablos/ (Source: Alejandra Pablos/

Immigration rights activists are protesting the detention of a prominent Washington-area organizer in Arizona after she appeared for what she thought was a routine hearing.

The Washington Post reports 32-year-old Alejandra Pablos was detained Wednesday when the legal permanent resident traveled to the Phoenix area to check in with immigration officials on a pending deportation case stemming from a felony conviction for driving under the influence. She'll be held until her next scheduled court appearance, in December.

[RELATED: Arizona Politics]

Pablos is an organizer for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. Institute associate director Margie Del Castillo says Pablos' supporters believe her activism made her a target of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The agency denies it.

Actress and activist Alyssa Milano has circulated a petition supporting Pablos, which has amassed nearly 8,000 signatures.

Click/tap here to download the free azfamily mobile app.

© 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.