Fairfield mother of 4 deported to Mexico

Fairfield mother of 4 deported to Mexico

FOX19/AP - A Mexican mother of four U.S.-born children living in Ohio was deported Wednesday.

Maribel Trujillo Diaz is on a plane bound for Mexico, officials announced around 11 a.m. She was moved to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's LaSalle detention center near Jena, Louisiana, after a federal appeals court on April 11 dismissed her bid for an emergency order halting deportation.

Attorney Kathleen Kersh have fought to allow her to remain, and unsuccessfully pleaded with the Board of Immigration Appeals to re-open her case. Trujillo Diaz has sought asylum, saying her family has been targeted by drug cartels.

Immigration officials say she entered the U.S. illegally in 2002 and has exhausted her appeals.

"We are disappointed and outraged that ICE has chosen not to exercise prosecutorial discretion despite the thousands of calls and nationwide advocacy from community members, elected officials, and faith leaders," said Kersch.

Numerous vigils and rallies have been held throughout Ohio, in hopes of changing the deportation order.

"Maribel's deportation shows that the Trump Administration is not focused on deporting criminals, but rather on separating peaceful mothers from their American children," said Kersch. "It is horrific that American children will be the ones to pay the price for these heartless policies." FOX19 will continue to update this story.

ICE released the following statement on Wednesday afternoon:

Maribel Trujillo-Diaz was removed Wednesday by ICE to her home country. 

Ms. Trujillo-Diaz's immigration case underwent review at multiple levels of our nation's legal system and the courts uniformly held that she had no legal basis to remain in the United States. In 2014, the Board of Immigration Appeals dismissed her legal appeals and she became subject to a final order of deportation.

In an exercise of discretion and prior to her removal, the agency had allowed Ms. Trujillo to remain free from custody with periodic reporting, while her immigration case was pending. 

A service will be planned for Trujillo Diaz's church in Hamilton Sunday, according to attorneys.

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