Court denies motion to stay, Fairfield mom will be deported to Mexico

Court denies motion to stay, Fairfield mom will be deported to Mexico

BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - A mother of four that was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents had her motion to stay in the US denied by federal appeals court.

The court document states, "her removal to Mexico is imminent."

Maribel Trujillo-Diaz, of Fairfield, has been transferred to an ICE facility in Oakdale, Louisiana, according to an ICE spokesperson.

Trujillo-Diaz was taken into custody Wednesday as she was heading into work. Since then, the archdiocese of Cincinnati and community members have urged state leaders to intervene. Protests and demonstrations have been held across Ohio to support Diaz.

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

Prayers and songs poured out from the courthouse the group rallied together to show Maribel Trujillo Diaz and her family that they are not alone in the fight to keep their family united.

"For all of us that work with the immigrant community this is heartbreaking. This is already what we have feared for our families and their biggest fear worrying everyday that they're going to be divided," Sister Tracy Kemme with Sisters of Charity Cincinnati said.

Leading up to Tuesday's decision, several in the community have raised their voices, marching in several rallies calling for Maribel to be released

The family was absent from Wednesday's, but Sister Tracy Kemme said Maribel's husband has thanked them for their support.

"He had tears in his eyes. He said I thought our family didn't matter and then the procession of hundreds of people were coming by he looked into my eyes and said now I know we do," she said.

An official date has not been released on when she will be deported, but those in contact with the family said it could be in the next few days.

Supporters of the family said they will continue to fight as long as she remains here in the US.

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She fled Mexico in 2002 after her family was reportedly targeted by Mexican Cartels.

Trujillo-Diaz was reportedly issued a work permit which doesn't expire until July.

Last week, the Public Affairs Officer with ICE issued a statement saying, "Trujillo has no legal basis to remain in the United States."

AMOS is asking people to contact Senator Sherrod Brown, Senator Rob Portman and Ohio Governor John Kasich to "make sure your voices are heard."

"Senator Brown personally called ICE and asked them to reconsider her case," said Senator Brown's office.

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