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."
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."