Leaders, faith community plea to stop deportation of Fairfield mom

Leaders, faith community plea to stop deportation of Fairfield mom
The Diaz family (Provided)
The Diaz family (Provided)

CINCINNATI (FOX19 NOW/AP) - The archdiocese of Cincinnati is urging mercy for a Mexican mother of four U.S.-born children who is facing imminent deportation.

Federal immigration authorities say Maribel Trujillo-Diaz entered the United States illegally in 2002 and has exhausted legal appeals.

Diaz and her husband came fled to the states to escape the violence of Mexican drug cartels.

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement official says she has been subject to a final order of deportation since 2014.

"ICE has prosecutorial discretion and so that's why we're asking Senator Portman, Sherrod brown to call ICE and so that discretion can be used because obviously, this is not the type of person that is meant to be sent away from our country," said New Prospect Baptist Church Pastor Damon Lynch.

Her advocates say she has no criminal history and has children ages 14 to 3, the youngest with special needs.

On Monday, the Board of Immigration Appeals denied the emergency stay of removal for Maribel. A legal team plans to ask the 6th Circuit Court to issue a stay and halt the deportation.

The archdiocese statement says she is active in a Hamilton parish and has made positive contributions to church and community.

It says it respects the need to enforce immigration laws, but that "our community gains nothing" by deporting her.

"President Trump ran on this idea that immigration was going to be a focal point of his administration. The citizens of the United States should know he's going to tackle this immigration problem," said Hamilton County Republican Chairman Alex Triantafilou.

Triantafilou says he has no argument if people say Diaz is a stand-up person, however he says the law needs to be followed.

"My concern here would be, uphold the rule of law and then this one episode, its seem very political and it seems they are politicizing one unfortunate episode," said Triantafilou.

"Over the last several days, we have circulated a petition that we like to address to Senator Portman and this morning we have this petition asking for him to intercede," said Lutheran Church of the Resurrection Pastor Henry Zorn.

700 signatures were handed over to Portman's office.

Yesterday a prayer rally was held at St. Joseph Church in Hamilton, followed by a walk. Reverend Allen Dicken with the Carthage Christian church Disciples of Christ say as of yesterday the family was able to be in touch with Trujillo-Diaz for the first time.

"It's a tough week for them and that's an understatement, they've been working really hard to stay positive. They've been working hard with their priest father Mike. And they've been working hard to contain a sense of hope," said Carthage Christian church Disciples of Christ Allen Dicken.

In a statement sent to FOX19 NOW by a spokesperson out of Senator Portman's office reads, "Our office is aware of Maribel Trujillo Diaz's situation and is working to help facilitate a solution."

It's a solution people are praying for, that will keep Trujillo-Diaz with her family.

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