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Son speaks out about mom being deported

An undocumented immigrant's son walks us down the road his mother was taken. (FOX19 NOW) An undocumented immigrant's son walks us down the road his mother was taken. (FOX19 NOW)
FAIRFIELD, OH (FOX19) -

A mother who has been living in Fairfield with her family may soon be deported back to Mexico.

The family's priest and several other community leaders have been fighting to keep her in Ohio.

Maribel Trujilo was captured on Wednesday and was being at the Butler County Jail. On Friday morning, she was sent to Morrow County where detainees are flown back to Mexico. Her family tell us it has been a nightmare without her.

Maribel Trujillo's oldest son clings to any image he can to keep his mother close. It's been three days and counting since she was taken by immigration enforcement officers. "I was in shock. I didn't want to tell my siblings because they were just watching TV."  To protect the family we are not releasing his name. The 14-year-old took FOX19 down the road where his mother was last seen. She was walking to work when she was arrested.
           

Trujillo doesn't have a criminal record and reportedly had a work permit, which didn't expire until July. She met with immigration officers each month, including this past Monday. Her son tells us during their last meeting with official they made no mention of being deported, so they were blind-sided by the arrest on Wednesday. "It's been awful. My dad has some episodes sometimes where he just sits and cries. I feel like it's been affecting him the most."

Trujillo and her husband have been married 15 years and have 4 children. The couple came to the US in 2002 to flee violence from Mexican drug cartels. Along with making a home in Fairfield they also spent a lot of time in the church. Now their priest is rallying behind them in hopes to keep the family together. "This is a death, but it's a slow death. The worst part about it is she was taken off the street. They never had a chance to really talk to her it just happened so quickly," said Father Mike Pucke with St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church.

Rachael Yong Yow, The Public Affairs officer for U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement says, "in 2014 the board of Immigration Appeals dismissed her legal appeals and she became subject to a final order of deportation."
           

Now Trujillo's son is worried about what the future holds. "If they end up taking her. My dad says we might as well move over there to Mexico, which is weird. I've never been to Mexico. This is basically my home."

Trujillo is scheduled to be deported on Tuesday. Catholic leaders are coming together this Sunday to hold a Prayer Rally at St. Joseph Church. It will start at 2:00 p.m.

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